The Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will continue prescribed fire operations next week. The district plans to burn approximately 400 acres on the Garris Unit, Southeast of Vernon.
Smoke will be seen from Round Valley, Arizona State Highway 260, U.S. Highway 60 and along Forest Road 61. The burn is to enhance wildlife habitat and watershed conditions, while promoting forest health and protecting communities from the effects of future high severity wildfire.
This prescribed fire is in cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Habitat Partnership Committee, as well as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Mule Deer Foundation.
Smoke management actions are also implemented near smoke sensitive areas such as towns and out-lying residential areas. Precautions will be taken to minimize the adverse effects of smoke on the local communities.
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.