Tonto National Forest

Tonto National Forest fire specialists are planning to conduct a 1,247-acre prescribed fire treatment in the Shoofly ruins
area north of Payson beginning on Monday, November 13, through Thursday, November 16, 2017.
 
The prescribed fire will eliminate timber slash, dead and down woody debris, grass and brush.
The treatment will take place on the east side of Houston Mesa Road (Forest Road 199). During
the day, smoke will impact Houston Mesa Road as well as the following communities: Freedom

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 Benchmark Fire was reported on Saturday afternoon, October 14, 2017, and is burning on Benchmark Mountain west of Forest Road 37.  Smoke may be visible from I-17 and Black Canyon City.  The fire is burning in a remote area of the forest with limited access, so it is being monitored from the air.  The fire size has not changed in the last 24 hours, and growth to the south has stopped because the fire burned into the Bull Fire scar from earlier this summer.

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Tonto National Forest fire specialists are planning to conduct a 2,000 acres prescribed fire treatment in the Shoofly area, just north of Payson, beginning on Tuesday, October 10 through Friday, October 20, 2017.  This treatment will eliminate timber slash, dead and down woody debris, grass and brush.  During the day, smoke will impact the communities of Mesa del Caballo and Freedom Acres.  During evening hours, residual smoke will travel down the East Verde Corridor and will impact the communities of Beaver Valley, Flowing Springs, E.

On Monday, August 14, through Friday, August 18, the Forest Service plans to conduct the annual aerial survey for insect and disease outbreaks on the Tonto National Forest.  Forest Service airplanes and helicopters regularly fly over private, state, and National Forest System lands at low altitudes to perform a variety of natural resource management missions, including insect and disease surveys, remote sensing to acquire aerial images and data, and firefighting.

The Forest Service is taking advantage of favorable weather conditions to burn vegetative debris piles in the Tonto Creek area 15 miles northeast of Payson.

Tonto National Forest fire specialists will begin eliminating 98 acres of piles in the Tonto Creek Estates area beginning Monday, July 31, through Friday, August 4, 2017.  The scheduled burns are a continuation of prescribed fire treatments in the area that took place July 26-27, 2017.

 The Forest Service is taking advantage of favorable weather conditions to burn vegetative debris piles in the Tonto Creek area 15 miles northeast of Payson.

Tonto National Forest fire specialists will begin eliminating 98 acres of piles in the Tonto Creek Estates area beginning Monday, July 31, through Friday, August 4, 2017.  The scheduled burns are a continuation of prescribed fire treatments in the area that took place July 26-27, 2017.

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