Prescribed Burn Planned for 600 acres in Greer Area
4/08/2015 - 5:03 pm
The Springerville Ranger District is planning on burning tomorrow weather permitting. They plan to burn approximately 600 acres under the Greer burn plan just north of Arizona State Highways 260 and 373, which is the road leading to Greer.
Smoke will be seen from Round Valley, Arizona State Highway 260, U.S. Highway 60 and along Forest Road 118. The burn is for maintenance and improvement of wildlife habitat and to reduce hazardous fuels.
All prescribed burns are approved through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) before ignitions begin. The ADEQ monitors air quality and determines whether or not it will be a good day for smoke dispersion. Breaking larger burn areas into smaller acreages often limits the amount of smoke that impacts an area. Although smoke from prescribed fire can still be a nuisance, 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.
Crews will be on scene from the beginning of ignitions until dark and through the weekends monitoring fire containment.
Questions or concerns contact Rob Lever, Springerville Ranger District Fire Management Officer at (928) 333-6203 or by calling 311 or 928-333-3412. Also, check out the ASNFs website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf