Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

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.      

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Black Mesa Ranger District will be burning slash piles on November 09, 2016. The legal description is: T13N, R17E, Section 35 and is roughly one acre in size. Ignition is planned for one day only and smoke impact is anticipated along Forest Roads 488, Highway 277 and Highway 377. 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 Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District will be conducting a 600 acre prescribed burn within the Goodman unit of the Los Burros broadcast burn area, south of Vernon beginning October 26th and continuing thru October 28th, weather dependent.   

The Goodman Unit is about two miles south of Vernon, along Apache County Road 3140. The burn is surrounded by Forest Service Road 2, Apache County Road 3140 and hand or dozer lines. The legal description is: T9N, R25E Sections 3, 4, 5 and 9, T10N, R25E, Sections 33 and 34.

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