Today crews made substantial progress on both the west and east flanks. Line construction was completed across Ellison Creek followed by a strategic firing operation to remove unburned fuels between the line and the main fire. This successful operation marks a significant achievement in checking the fire’s south and eastward movement and protecting the communities of La Cienega and Ellison Creek Estates. Structure protection crews remain in place in the two evacuated communities. On the fire’s west flank crews also achieved success in connecti
The Tonto National Forest will continue conducting prescribed fire treatments in areas around Payson. Starting on Monday, January 25, 2016, fire specialists will begin eliminating 178 acres of vegetative debris piles in Bonita and Ellison creeks, and near Las Cienegas Ranch. Smoke will impact Bonita Creek, Ellison Creek, and the La Cienega Ranch areas during the day. Residual smoke in the evening hours will impact Bonita Creek, Whispering Pines, and Beaver Valley. Smoke may linger in these areas through Sunday, January 31, 2016.
Current weather conditions are providing an excellent opportunity for Tonto National Forest fire specialists to eliminate 299 acres of vegetative debris piles in Marsh Creek beginning Monday, September 21, 2015. The area is located .5 mile southwest of Rosco’s Ranch/Forest Service Road 935 off the Chamberlain trail in Pleasant Valley.