Tonto National Forest

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.

The Brooklyn Fire is burning in the Tonto National Forest and the Agua Fria National Monument in Yavapai County, Arizona. The change to Complex includes the incorporation of 2 lightning caused fire in the general area of the Brooklyn Fire on the Tonto National Forest. They are the Bull Fire (S/SE of the Brooklyn Fire) and Cedar Fire (E/SE of the Brooklyn Fire). These 2 fires are not a threat to structures at this time and are in remote areas with difficult access.

Agency Jurisdiction: Tonto National Forest, Bureau of Land Management

The Brooklyn fire is burning 8 miles northeast of Black Canyon City and is approximately 22,000 acres.  The fire was highly impacted today by strong gusty and erratic winds from passing thunderstorms. Those winds caused the fire to push south and east and caused aircraft working the fire to be temporarily grounded due to the weather.

Incident managers are working with county law enforcement to continually evaluate the fire situation in areas where homes and property have the potential to be directly affected. There are NO evacuations in place at this time.

Acres: estimated 750 acres                                                             Start Date: June 10, 2017

Cause: unknown, under investigation                                              Origin Location: 8 mi N of Payson in the 1990 Dude Fire Scar

Containment: 0%                                                                             Fuels: Grass, Brush, Heavy, Dead and Down, Ponderosa Pine, and mixed conifer

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