Fire specialists from the Tonto National Forest (NF) will conduct prescribed fire treatments west of Hunter Creek and east of Camp Tontozona on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 17 and 18. This 200-acre treatment will include a broadcast burn and the vegetative debris pile burning.
During the day some smoke will impact Christopher Creek, Hunter Creek, R-C Boys Scout Camp, and State Highway 260. Overnight the smoke will impact Kohl’s Ranch and Camp Tontozona. Residual smoke may linger in these areas through Sunday, Nov. 23.
From Tuesday, Nov.18, through Thursday, Nov. 20, fire specialists will burn in the vicinity of Verde Glen. This 142-acre treatment will include a broadcast burn and the elimination of vegetative debris piles.
Smoke will impact the communities of Verde Glen, Washington Park, and Rim Trail during the day, and residual smoke will impact Whispering Pines and Beaver Valley during the evenings. Smoke may linger in these areas through Sunday, Nov. 23. Prescribed fire is a key restoration tool that, together with mechanical treatments, can reduce the current dense, overstocked forest conditions.
Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke each day during burning operations. 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.
Signs will be posted on 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.
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.