The Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plans to conduct prescribed fire operations on April 10. The Whiting Prescribed Fire (Unit 2) is 74 acres and is located north of Whiting Homestead and south of Apache County Road 1327.
Burning this previously logged area that consists of grass and open ponderosa pine will provide protection to nearby private property from the effects of future high severity fires. Personnel will remain on scene monitoring the burn through the week as needed. The burn may be canceled by fire managers if conditions become unfavorable.
Ignitions will occur throughout the morning to minimize the adverse effects of smoke on the local communities. Smoke will be visible from Round Valley, U.S. Highway 60, Arizona State Highway 260, and along Forest Road 117. 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.
Every prescribed fire, thinning or other fuels treatments implemented by the Forest Service is run through National Environmental Process Act (NEPA). The NEPA process directs agency specialists to analyze proposed treatments and perform an action/no action comparison. Specialists examine the direct, indirect and potential cumulative effects of a proposed treatment and then these results are made available for public comment. The outcome of this process will either direct the project forward or alter proposed treatments for the project.
Prescribed burning enhances wildlife habitat and watershed conditions, while promoting forest health and protecting communities from the effects of future high severity wildfire.
Questions or concerns contact the Springerville Ranger District at 928-333-6200 or visit the ASNFs website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf