EBS Archive

  • Posted:
    Apr. 1, 2014

    The Clifton Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plans to begin the Mesa Re-Entry prescribed burn on April 3. The project will take two to three weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions.

    The 7,885-acre burn area is bounded to the north and west by the Pine Flats Road (FR 515), to the east by the Sheep Wash Drainage, and to the south by the Upper Eagle Creek Road (FR 217).

    Fuel types include grass, juniper, oak, pinyon pine, ponderosa pine, and some areas of juniper slash from thinning projects. The burn is intended to reduce canopy cover by 20-40 percent and maintain areas of reduced canopy cover achieved in past prescribed burns. It will also reduce juniper re-sprouts and enhance mule deer, white-tailed deer, turkey, pronghorn antelope, and...

  • Posted:
    Apr. 7, 2014

    The Lion Fire on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation is 60 percent contained as of this morning.

    The fire, which started on April 4 is located southeast of Whiteriver, in the Cosen Canyon area just above the Tonto Creek drainage.

    The 500-acre fire has burned Ponderosa Pine with brush and grass understory. Firefighters are working on reinforcing the fire line and mopping up.

    Resources on fire:

    • 3 Type 6 engines
    • 1 Type 3 engine
    • 1 short squad of 6 firefighters
    • Mesa Hotshots
    • Department of Corrections Crew
  • Posted:
    Apr. 9, 2014

    The National Park Service plans to burn several piles of woody debris at Tumacácori National Historical Park in early April. Although the project’s target date is April 10, 2014, the piles will only be burned if and when environmental conditions are favorable and adequate fire management resources are available. 

    The piles consist of mesquite tree branches and other brush previously thinned in the park. This hazard fuels reduction project will reduce fuels that could feed a wildfire along the park’s western boundary. This will reduce the threat of fire to private homes and help protect the plants, wildlife, and important cultural resources in the park.

    The piles will be ignited by firefighters and monitored until they are completely out. Local residents and park visitors...

  • Posted:
    Apr. 11, 2014

    Local fire departments, the U.S Forest Service, Emergency Preparedness, Public Health, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and managers of the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Grant Program will present wildfire information and preparedness at the Eagar Town Hall on April 29, 2014 at 6 p.m.

    The main focus of the evening is the new Ready, Set, Go program, a tool to educate individuals on preparedness, situational awareness and safety. Developed as a three step process through a nation-wide discussion about how to protect homes and lives in the Wildland-Urban Interface, the Ready, Set, Go program helps increase your knowledge and ability to act safely during an emergency situation.

    Other topics to be discussed include expected spring and summer weather conditions,...

  • Posted:
    Apr. 12, 2014

    The Fisher Fire, reported at 3:00 p.m. yesterday, is located near Fisher Point in Walnut Canyon approx. five miles southeast of Flagstaff in the vicinity of the Fisher Fire from last year.

    As of 9 p.m. Friday, the fire is estimated at 85 acres. The fire is burning in timber on slopes spreading to the East-Southeast away from Flagstaff. Smoke is very visible. No structures are currently threatened.

    Friday’s fire activity included group torching, 2 to 4 foot flame lengths on the surface, and short range spotting though fire activity has decreased into the evening. Due to complexity, a Type 3 team was in place at 6:00 p.m Friday. Crews are constructing dozer line, direct, and indirect line into the night around the head of the fire anchoring into trails, roads, and the...