Fire specialists from the Tonto National Forest (NF) will begin igniting a 2,000-acre prescribed broadcast fire treatment on Wednesday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 14, in the vicinity of the Christopher Creek Community.
Prescribed fire is a key restoration tool that, together with mechanical treatments, can reduce the current dense, overstocked forest conditions. Fire managers are taking advantage of favorable conditions to accelerate forest restoration having completed 608 acres in the Pine/Strawberry area, improving forest conditions using prescribed fire.
Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke each day during burning operations. During the day, smoke will impact Christopher Creek and Gordon Canyon. Overnight, smoke will impact Gordon Canyon, Haigler Creek, Bear Flat, and R-C Scout Camp.
Once burning operations cease, smoke will decrease to minimal to moderate levels. To minimize the smoke impact, fire managers will terminate ignitions by 3 p.m.; however, residual smoke may linger in the area through Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014.
Signs will be posted along Control Road 64, Forest Road 32, and other roads in the area 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.
Prescribed fire treatments are always dependent on weather conditions, such as temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction. Broadcast fire treatments typically continue for several days and are conducted when fuel moisture content of the vegetation and weather conditions are favorable. Low-to-moderate winds are needed to carry flames and to dissipate smoke during and after ignition operations and to achieve beneficial effects sought by land managers.