Fire managers on the Alpine Ranger District are planning prescribed fire pile burns in four locations within the West Escudilla Restoration Project
where timber thinning was conducted. Burning these piles will treat cumulative fuel loading and reduce potential threats from wildfires. Project burn dates, weather and site conditions permitting, areplanned for January 23 through February 2, 2024. The total project areas comprise 1,214 acres.
- The Highway 180 Miscellaneous Piles 10-acre project is located 4 miles east of Alpine and includes piles on the north side of Highway 180 in the right-of-way between Forest Road (FR) 571 and the Arizona-New Mexico State line.
- The Pace Creek Piles 78-acre project is located 5 miles east of Alpine, south of Highway 180, east of County Road 2310, west of the Arizona-New Mexico State line, and north of FR 8153A.
- The ELC Piles 1,077-acre project is located 6 miles northeast of Alpine, east of FR 275, south of FR 577, west of the Arizona-New Mexico State line, and north of FR 8181B.
- The Loco Knoll Piles 49-acre project is located 11 miles north of Alpine and 14 miles southeast of Springerville. Slash piles are east of FR 275, along FR 8889D, north of FR 851, and west of the Arizona-New Mexico State line.
Smoke from these prescribed fire pile burns will be visible and may impact Highway 180/191 and the communities of Alpine and Nutrioso. Drivers are cautioned that visibility may be reduced, especially in the overnight hours when smoke settles near the ground.
Landscape treatments on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests align with the Forest Service's 10-year Wildfire Crisis Strategy, which aims to increase the use of fire on the landscape and other treatments to improve forest health.
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