Bear Canyon

As part of the Forest’s ongoing strategy to reduce catastrophic wildfire danger in Rim County, Tonto National Forest fire specialists are planning four fire treatments in the Payson and Pleasant Valley Ranger Districts in the upcoming weeks.The prescribed fire will eliminate timber slash, dead and down woody debris, grass and brush.

Payson Ranger District

Acres: 6,864 acres (based on infrared data)         

Start Date: June 10, 2017

Cause: Unknown, under investigation                    

Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar

Containment: 92%                                                          

Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer

Total personnel: 608                                                      

Acres: 6,854 acres (based on infrared data)         

Start Date: June 10, 2017

Cause: Unknown, under investigation                     

Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar

Containment: 92%                                                

Total personnel: 914      

Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer                                            

Acres: 6,634 acres (based on infrared data)          Start Date: June 10, 2017

Cause: Unknown, under investigation                    Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar

Containment: 76%                                                 Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer

Total personnel: 1,181                                                  

Acres: 6,634 acres (based on infrared data)          Start Date: June 10, 2017

Cause: Unknown, under investigation                    Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar

Containment: 76%                                                          Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine

Total personnel: 1,224                                                   and mixed conifer

Acres: 6,093 acres                                                       Start Date: June 10, 2017

Cause: Unknown, under investigation                        Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar

Containment: 76%                                                     Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer

Total personnel: 1,224                                                

Acres:    6,092 acres                                                Start Date: June 10, 2017

Cause: Unknown, under investigation                      Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar

Containment: 60%                                                   Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer

Total personnel: 1,243                                               

Fire personnel are managing a recent lightning-caused wildfire above Mogollon Rim, allowing it to fulfill its natural role and move across the landscape consuming dead and down wood, pine needles and forest fuels.

The Bear Fire is located ten miles southeast of Clints Well in Bear Canyon, a half mile from the edge of the Mogollon Rim. This wildfire is not a prescribed burn, but fire personnel will occasionally conduct burnout operations in specific areas to keep the fire from moving beyond certain boundaries and help direct where and how the fire moves through the landscape.

Storms brought rain and increased humidity this week on the Pinchot Fire, making conditions unfavorable for continuing perimeter burn operations. As the storms pass and conditions dry through the weekend, burn operations are expected to resume Monday, October 3, 2016. 

On Monday (September 26), the incoming storms shifted the prevailing winds from the typical southwest pattern to northeast. This dispersed smoke from Monday's burn operations towards the towns of Pine and Strawberry.

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