Black Mesa Ranger District

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Black Mesa Ranger District will be burning 30 acres of slash piles east of the Hilltop Circle K on the south side of State Highway 260 from February 6 - February 10, weather permitting.

The communities of Heber-Overgaard and State Highway 260 may be impacted with smoke. Community members and 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 30 acres of slash piles east of the Hilltop Circle K on the south side of State Highway 260 from January 24 - February 3.

The communities of Heber-Overgaard and State Highway 260 may be impacted with smoke. Community members and 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’ Black Mesa Ranger District will be burning slash piles behind the administration site on November 07, 2016.   

The legal description is: T12N, R17E, Section 32 and is roughly one acre in size.

Ignition is planned for one day only and smoke impact is anticipated along Forest Roads 50, 51 and Highway 260.  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 Sam Jim Fire is burning in ponderosa pine with a grass understory and in mixed conifer. Fire crews continue to monitor this fire and its behavior to keep it within desired conditions. The north end of the fire is in steep canyon country with a high occurrence of snags. Fire fighter safety is our number one priority and placing them in steep unstable terrain could have adverse effects, so we will continue to monitor this area.    

The Sam Jim Fire is burning in ponderosa pine with a grass understory and in mixed conifer. Resources were applied this past weekend to contain the fire on the east, west and south ends of the fire containing it within the boundary of FR 170. The north end of the fire is in steep canyon country with a high occurrence of snags.

Fire fighter safety is our number one priority and placing them in steep unstable terrain could have adverse effects, so we will continue to monitor this area.

Sam Jim Fire Summary:

The Sam Jim Fire, discovered on September 5, is burning in ponderosa pine with a grass understory and in mixed conifer. It is located in a side drainage of Chevelon Canyon. Smoke may be visible in the Forest Lakes area, and off Forest Roads 504 & 170.

Sam Jim Fire Summary

  • Discovery date: September 5, 2016
  • Location: On the Black Mesa Ranger District; approximately 4 miles south of Chevelon Lake
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: Approximately 50 acres
  • Resources: 1 Type 6 Engine and miscellaneous overhead

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