Weather permitting; Tonto National Forest fire specialists will begin burning 500 acres of vegetative debris piles at Shadow Rim Ranch, Verde Glen, and erosion tank areas on Monday, October 19. . Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate to heavy amounts of smoke in the east Verde drainage and along Forest Roads 32, 1190, 439 and 300 (Control Road). Smoke will drift down the east Verde River at night and affect the communities of Whispering Pines, Verde Glenn, Geronimo Estates, Beaver Valley, Flowing Springs, and the Rim Trial. To minimize the impact of smoke, fire managers will terminate ignitions each day by 3 pm. Smoke may linger in the area through the weekend. Please drive carefully in the area.
Signs will be posted along roads that are likely to be affected by smoke. Motorists are urged to use caution while driving thru these areas and to slow down for the safety of firefighters and the public. Use caution when driving along Forest Service Roads 32, 1190, 439 and 300. Smoke may settle over the area at night.
Prescribed fire treatments are always dependent on conditions such as wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture content, and other variables.
Tonto National Forest fire specialists have successfully conducted prescribed fire treatments on 1,400 acres since the fall burning period started on October 1, 2015, and have accomplished over 6,593 acres since January in the Payson area.
Tonto National Forest fire personnel appreciate the understanding, patience, and support of the public as they work to reduce wildfire danger in Rim Country, to initiate the restoration of natural ecological landscapes and wildlife habitat, and to develop and foster sustainable forest conditions and watersheds.