The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest’s Lakeside Ranger District will be burning slash piles February 5 through 8, if weather conditions allow. The piles are located within the Billy Timber Sale area just North of Pinetop Country Club along Forest Service Road 182, and are scattered across roughly 165 acres of forest land. Possible smoke impacts are anticipated along Highway 260 and within the Pinetop- Lakeside Community and Sky Hi Retreat.

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District will be burning slash piles February 15, 2018. The ignition area is in the Timber Knoll Project area along Forest Service Road 3D and 9900L. Smoke impact is anticipated along U.S. Highway 60 and within the Vernon Community. Smoke may be visible from the communities of Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside and Vernon.  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 Elk Fire is burning southwest of Turkey Mountain on the Lakeside Ranger District and smoke may be visible from the communities of Pinetop-Lakeside and Show Low, as well as State Highway 260 and U.S. Highway 60. Fire managers will monitor the fire to use it for potential benefit to the landscape. The district has received lightning across the district with varying amounts of precipitation over the last few days.

Containment on the Cedar Fire increased yesterday to 60% due to the dedicated efforts of firefighters across all divisions, though small pockets of activity still remain in isolated portions of the fire. The western edge south of Long Tom Canyon and small sections along the southeastern corner of the fire continue to have active burning in drainages, all within the fire perimeter. Crews will continue to patrol contained lined on Sunday, ensuring that any residual heat near the containment lines is extinguished.

Crews on the Cedar Fiire made remarkable progress reinforcing the perimeter and securing more areas along the outer perimeter which increased the overall percent containment of the fire to 51%. There are isolated areas along the lower west side and the southeast portions of the fire that has some active burning. This burning remains within the interior of the established fire control lines. Chipping operations and other rehab functions are being performed in all other areas of the fire perimeter to ensure the security of the established fire control lines.

Law Enforcement officials from the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office, Show Low Police Department, and the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department are lifting the Pre-evacuation notice that has been in effect throughout Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside. This decision comes after consultation with Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team (2).

Significant progress was made Thursday in containing the Cedar Fire. Containment jumped to 42% as several additional miles of fire line, on both the south and north sides of the fire were determined by fire officials to be secure. At the same time, officials are expressing concern about the possible convergence of monsoonal rains and the fire’s after-effects.


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