Tonto National Forest fire specialists will conduct a 115-acre broadcast fire treatment behind the Knolls and Granite Dells area between Monument Peak and Star Valley on Monday, November 14 through Wednesday, November 16, 2016.
Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke during the three day burning operation. During the day, smoke will impact the Knolls community and the Rim Golf Club. During the evening, smoke will impact Star Valley. To minimize the impact of smoke, fire specialists will terminate ignitions by 2:00 p.m. each day. Signs will be posted on roads likely to be affected by smoke. Motorists are urged to use caution and slow down for the safety of firefighters and the public. Smoke may linger in the area through Friday, November 18, 2016.
Prescribed fire treatments are always dependent on conditions such as wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture content, and other variables. Prescribed fire gives land managers the important option of treating areas with fire under favorable conditions, which helps to protect the natural and cultural resources, while decreasing danger to the public and firefighters. The growth, rate of spread, and smoke from an RX fire treatment is closely monitored. Aggressive suppression actions are taken if the fire displays behavior that does not meet resource management objectives.