Update 11/15/2022: Prescribed burn cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions
Original: Fire specialists on the Tonto National Forest are preparing for prescribed burn operations south of Forest Road 512 near Gruwell Canyon on the Pleasant Valley Ranger District beginning Wednesday, Nov. 16-18, 2022.
Crews plan to burn 543 acres 6 miles northeast of Young, Arizona to reduce the risk of destructive wildfires to surrounding communities, ranches and critical infrastructure. The Tonto National Forest land management strategy is centered on long-term forest health and that strategy includes reducing forest fuels and using prescribed burning on the landscape.
Prescribed burns are conducted within a “prescription” that is determined by appropriate fuel moisture, temperature, humidity, wind, and ventilation. Experienced fire and fuels specialists on the Tonto National Forest build prescribed burn plans using the most up-to-date science and modeling along with their combined on the ground fire and fuels experience.
“Fire personnel implement, evaluate, check, and patrol each burn to ensure it meets the goals and objectives outlined in the prescribed fire plans.” said Fire Staff Officer Taiga Rohrer. “After a prescribed fire is completed, if a future wildfire reaches the area, the fire behavior will likely be modified to a less intense, more manageable surface fire making it safer for firefighters to engage.”
The Forest Service will post signs on roads likely to be affected by smoke. Fire specialists anticipate daytime smoke impacts to Forest Service Road 512 and nighttime impacts to the town of Young. Officials urge motorists to use extreme caution while driving through these areas and to slow down for the safety of firefighters and the public.
To minimize the impact of smoke, fire specialists will terminate ignitions by 3 p.m. Affected communities should remain aware of smoke advisories and conditions. Learn more about smoke impacts on the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality website.
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