Fire specialists from the Tonto National Forest plan to burn approximately 75 acres of piles on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 12, and February 13, 2019. The piles are located on national forest near the Vista Verde subdivision from 136th Street to 170th Street, north of Rio Verde/Dynamite Drive.
Tonto National Forest
- Above Washington Park on the Rim Road (Forest Road 300)
- Nearest town is Payson
Start Date: September 15, 2018
Size: 10 acres
Cause: Human caused, under investigation
The Forest Supervisor’s Office and all Ranger District offices located on the Tonto will be closed Monday, September 3, for the Labor Day holiday.
Forest officials say they expect a large number of visitors to the Tonto’s campgrounds, picnic areas and recreation sites over the 3-day weekend. The following are tips for a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
Fireworks, Campfires, and Smoking
Ø Fireworks are prohibited year-round on all National Forest lands.
The Tonto National Forest will continue conducting prescribed fire treatments in areas around Payson starting on Tuesday, August 28. Current weather conditions are providing an opportunity to burn vegetative debris piles in the Tonto Creek area 15 miles northeast of Payson. Tonto National Forest fire specialists will begin eliminating 74 acres of piles in the Tonto Creek Estates area beginning Tuesday, August 28 through Friday, August 31, 2018.
Firefighters plan to resume burnout operations related to the Bears Fire beginning on Sunday, August 19. Burning temporarily was suspended Aug. 9 due to rainfall from monsoons.
If proper conditions continue, firefighters will burn an additional 1,800 acres of Ponderosa Pine and brush in the Mistake Peak and Picture fire scars and conclude burnout operations on Friday, August 24. To date, burnout operations have removed understory fuels from approximately 6,500 acres of pine.
Burnout operations began August 1 as part of the Forest Service’s containment strategy to:
Burnout operations began August 1 along Forest Roads 609 and 416 in an east direction towards Forest Road 486.
The temporary Closure Order for the area remains in effect. A map of the closed area along with the full Closure Order is available on the Tonto’s website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices/?aid=48015.
Bears Fire Overview:
Name Fire: Bears Fire
Officials have postponed burnout operations today for the Bears Fire due to rainfall from storms that moved through the area on July 30.
Firefighters will conduct burnout operations when conditions are right. If dry weather continues overnight, burnout operations will begin August 1.Boundary preparations continue today for Forest Roads 416, 486 and 609.
Fire personnel continue boundary preparations today involving Forest Roads 416, 486 and 609 and are scheduled to begin burnout operations July 31 for the Bears Fire.
The Forest Supervisor for the Tonto National Forest issued a temporary Closure Order for the area on July 29. A map of the closed area along with the full Closure Order is available on the Tonto’s website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices/?aid=48015.
Campfire and smoking restrictions on the Tonto National Forest will be lifted, effective at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018.
The fire restrictions, which covered the entire forest, are no longer needed because fire danger has been reduced by increased humidity levels and rain.
Campfires and smoking are now allowed throughout the forest. Target shooting is also prohibited in some areas of the Tonto National Forest, but is allowed again in dispersed areas where it can be conducted safely.
The onset of monsoon activity has raised humidity levels across the Tonto National Forest, allowing the Forest Service to lift the two fire area closures, and reduce Forest-wide fire restrictions, effective at 8:00 am on Wednesday,
July 11, 2018.