Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Fire activity: The Woods Fire was discovered at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11 near Forest Road 195 northwest of Woods Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District. 

Driven by strong winds, the Woods Fire quickly spread to the north/northeast until it entered the footprint of the 2017 Alder Prescribed Burn, which immediately slowed the fire’s northern progress. Local community, county, state, and federal fire crews worked through the night Friday to complete a line around the fire. 

To protect public health and safety due to increasing fire danger, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) will implement stage II fire restrictions effective Friday, May 4, at 12:01 a.m. These additional fire restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire. No campfires are allowed until stage II fire restrictions are lifted.
 
Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District will be conducting a 442 acre prescribed burn within the Sepulveda unit of the Los Burros broadcast burn area beginning on 12/14 and continuing through 12/15 if weather conditions allow. 

The Sepulveda Unit is about five miles south of Vernon, along Forest Service Road (FSR) 96, and is surrounded by FSR 6, FSR 6H and FSR 96B.

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Black Mesa Ranger District plans to continue burning within Burn Block 5 of the Nagel Forest Health Prescribed Burn area, if weather conditions allow, from November 29 through December 1. This burn will be to the East of FR 717, South of FR 100, and North of Alder Canyon. The burn will encompass approximately 950 acres.

Once ignition occurs, crews will be on scene from ignition until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries.

Location:

  • Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
  • Coconino County, Arizona
  • Northwest of Forest Lakes in Leonard Canyon

Start Date:  October 6, 2017                                                            

Size:  Approximately 1,500 acres

Percent contained:  0%                                                       

Cause:  Lightning

Personnel Assigned: 100

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District plans to burn slash piles on roughly 15 acres of forest land August 14 through August 20, weather permitting. Ignition will take place on Timber Knoll just south of Ojo Bonito Estates. Smoke impact is anticipated along Highway 60 and within the Vernon Community. In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the pile burn as smoke may reduce visibility in the area.    

The Auger Fire, a lightning-caused wildfire, is burning in Piñon, Juniper, brush, and stringers of Ponderosa, between Horse Mountain and Little Blue Creek in the Blue Range Primitive area. The Land Management Plan for the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests states “naturally occurring wildfires should be allowed to perform, as much as possible, their natural ecological role within wilderness”. The fire is currently at 27 acres and will be frequently monitored by air operations.

The Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations April 21. The district plans to burn approximately 350 acres of the Aspen Meadows Unit, just North of Hall Ranch, off of Forest Service Road 117A and County Road 1325. Personnel will remain on scene monitoring the burn throughout the weekend as needed.

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Alpine Ranger District will be burning slash piles on December 15. The legal description is T3N, R29E, Section 10.  Scattered piles will be burned across roughly 50 acres of forest land. Ignition is planned for one day only and smoke impact is anticipated along Forest Road 8312. In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the pile burn as smoke may reduce visibility in the area.      

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