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.
As part of the Forest’s ongoing strategy to reduce catastrophic wildfire danger in Rim County, Tonto National Forest fire specialists are planning to conduct a 1,479-acre broadcast prescribed fire treatment in the Clay Springs area between forest roads 411 and 128. Ignitions will commence on Monday, November 6, 2017, and continue through Wednesday, November 8, 2017. This treatment will eliminate timber slash, dead and down woody debris, grass and brush. During the day, smoke will impact Forest Lakes, 512 Road, commonly called the Young Road, the OW Ranch, and State Highway 260. Residual
The Fill Fire is continuing to burn southwest of Pinedale in the previous Rodeo-Chediski Fire perimeter off Forest Service Roads 132 and 300 on the Lakeside Ranger District.
With light precipitation in the area, the fire continued to burn at a low intensity. The entire fire perimeter has been “blacklined” (surrounded by fire line), and crews will continue managed ignitions in the interior as weather conditions allow. Fire crews continue to maintain safety as the number one priority as they work to reduce the heavy pockets of dense ground fuels.
Starting at 8 a.m. today, temporary closures took effect for three areas on the Sitgreaves National Forest in order to protect public health and safety due to increased fire danger. The public is prohibited from going into or being upon the closed areas on National Forest System (NFS) lands. Exempted are law enforcement officers or firefighters on official duty, residents accessing their private property, and persons engaged in business with a Forest Service permit.