The Alpine Ranger District on the Apache Sitgreaves National Forests will be conducting pile burning on the Little Timber Sale, starting October 15, 2018, weather permitting, and continuing through December 2018. The piles are located off Forest Road 275, just North of Alpine, and continue down Forest Road 275k. The burn consists of material from the Little Timber sale, which are 20’ X 20’ machine piles, and will be burned to allow for the regeneration of new seedlings and/or native grasses.
Smoke may be visible from the communities of Alpine and Nutrioso, and from U.S. Highway 180/191. Motorists are advised to drive safely when approaching areas where prescribed fire activities may limit visibility and hinder fire personnel operations.
All prescribed burns are approved through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) before ignition begins. The ADEQ monitors air quality and determines whether or not it will be a good day for smoke dispersion. Although smoke from prescribed fire can still be noticeable, it is usually for a shorter time and considerably less smoke than wildfires produce. If you are sensitive to smoke or have respiratory problems, stay indoors if possible.
Questions or concerns contact the Alpine Ranger District at 928-339-5000 or visit the ASNFs website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf