Tonto National Forest fire officials are planning to burn the community green waste pit in Gisela, Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
Fire specialists will be burning a pit containing brush, branches, and grass materials. Property owners who gather this dry fuel from around their homes and property can take it to the community green waste pit to have it burned. Removing this material creates defensible space around structures which increases the likelihood that a home will survive a wildfire.
Experienced fire and fuels specialists on the Tonto National Forest build prescribed fire plans using the most up-to-date science and modeling along with their combined on the ground fire and fuels experience.
There will be minimal smoke impacts to the community of Gisela. Residual smoke may be present for several days as the pit burns down. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling on Forest Roads 417 and 208. 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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