The Tonto National Forest will conduct prescribed fire treatments in areas around Payson starting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Recent snowfall is providing an opportunity to burn vegetative debris piles in the Long and Mead ranch areas and Bonita Creek.
Fire specialists from the Tonto National Forest (NF) will begin prescribed fire treatments on Monday, Jan. 12.
The 140-acre treatment in Bonita Creek will eliminate vegetative debris piles. This treatment is expected to last one to two days, and smoke will be moderate during burning operations. During the day, smoke will impact Bonita and Ellison creeks. Residual smoke in the evening hours will impact Whispering Pines and Ellison Creek Estates due to cold, still winter air.