The Springerville Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plans to conduct 20 acre prescribed slash pile burns January 14 through January 17, 2020, if weather conditions allow. This unit consists of piled debris left over from timber thinning operations, and spans across approximately 140 acres. The unit is located near Forest Service Road 117, Forest Service Road 8453, the Greens Peak Lookout, and Hall Ranch. Ignitions during snow storms and/or snow pack minimize pile creep (the burning through duff and litter (forest soil organic matter) surrounding the pile).
Smoke may be visible from the communities of Springerville, Eagar, and Greens Peak Hideaway. Possible smoke impact is also anticipated along Highway 60. Motorists are advised to drive safely as smoke may limit visibility. Lingering smoke may be present for up to one week after ignitions are complete. Fire managers will monitor the area while smoke is present.
Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and active prescribed burns can be found on Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s webpage: https://azdeq.gov/.
Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. It provides habitat diversity, recycles plant nutrients into the soil and encourages new growth for a variety of plants used by wildlife.
For further information, please contact the Springerville Ranger District at 928-333-6200 or the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests email at [email protected].