Tonto National Forest fire specialists plan to begin burning 366 acres southeast of Pine, starting on Monday, October 5, 2015. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke on Highway 87 around Pine, AZ. To minimize the impact of smoke, fire managers will terminate ignitions each day by 3 pm, however, smoke may linger in the area through Friday, October 9, 2015. Smoke will be visible during the day, and residual smoke in the evening hours may drift down Pine Creek at night affecting the community of Pine, AZ.
Fire specialists will also burn 758 acres in the area of Parallel Canyon off of Forest Road 512. Parallel Canyon is approximately five miles northeast of Young. Smoke will be heavy at times along Forest Service Road 512 during burning operations. Please drive carefully in the area, and expect traffic delays on Forest Service Road 512 if smoke becomes an issue. Smoke will drift down Cherry Creek at night and may linger in the area through the weekend.
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 Road 512 and Hwy 87 at night as smoke may settle onto the roadways.
Prescribed fire treatments are always dependent on conditions such as wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture content, and other variables.
Over the last few months, Tonto National Forest fire specialists have successfully conducted prescribed fire treatments on 6,593 acres 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.