Firefighters on the Payson Ranger District will be conducting several pile burns throughout the week of Feb. 15, 2021.
The purpose of these burns is to reduce the potential and severity of a wildfire for the safety of the public and the protection of natural resources. The following prescription pile burns are planned for:
• Washington Park area, either Tuesday or Wednesday, Feb. 16 or 17. Firefighters will conduct a one-day fire operation to eliminate eight acres of vegetative debris piles in the area. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell light-to-moderate amounts of smoke during the one-day operation. During the day, smoke will impact Washington Park. Residual smoke during evening hours will impact Washington Park, as well as Rim Trail.
• Geronimo Boy Scout Camp, either Wednesday or Thursday, Feb. 17 or 18. Firefighters will conduct a one-day prescribed fire operation to eliminate 30 acres of vegetative debris piles. Residents can expect to see and smell light-to-moderate smoke during the one-day operation. During the day and evening hours, smoke will impact the Boy Scout Camp. It will also impact Geronimo Estates during evening hours. Residual smoke may linger in the area for a few days and will also impact the Webber Creek drainage.
Vegetative debris piles weigh from a half-a-ton to a ton-and-a-half each. The objective for these two prescribed fire treatments is to eliminate up to 30 tons per acre of dangerous fuels. Before ignitions begin, prescribed fire treatments are always dependent on optimal weather conditions such as wind speed and direction, temperature, fuel moisture content, relative humidity and other variables.
Several pile burns have been planned on the Payson/Pleasant Valley Ranger District to reduce the risk of wildfires in the area. For more information call the Payson District Ranger Station at (928) 474-7900 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.