With strong monsoon storms forecast in much of Arizona going into the weekend, be ready to pull aside and wait out extreme weather.

Please heed this advice: Get off the highways when facing a dust storm. In almost no time, blowing dust can drop visibility to zero, especially where small dust channels afford drivers little or no opportunity to avoid this hazard.

Other tips from the Arizona Department of Transportation:

 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.

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologists advise that a high pressure ridge is currently positioned over the four corners area of Arizona. This placement has provided conditions for moisture from Mexico to be swept into Arizona, bringing the much-needed moisture southeast Arizona normally receives at this time of year from the Mexican monsoon.

Acreage: 27,238 acres (estimated)                                                                                                                 

Percentage of Containment: 51%         

Date Reported: June 30, 2017                                                                                                                        

Cause of Fire: Under Investigation                

Acreage: 25,090 acres (estimated)

Percentage of Containment: 11%

Date Reported: June 30, 2017

Cause of Fire: Under Investigation

Resources: 688 personal including 16 crews, 47 engines, 27 water tenders, 1 bulldozer, and 8 helicopters

Fuel Type: Tall Grass and Brush, with Ponderosa Pine and Mixed Conifer at higher elevations

Origin Location: In the foothills of Redington Pass near Burro Tank

Prescott National Forest Fire Managers have been busy this year with prescribed fire and wildland fire response. Because fire plays such an integral role in the management of our ecosystems, Fire and Natural Resource managers understand that the benefits from fire can at times be overshadowed by the destructive forces of fire, especially when fires burn close to homes and other valuable improvements.

Acres: 6,634 acres (based on infrared data)          Start Date: June 10, 2017

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

Containment: 76%                                                          Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine

Total personnel: 1,224                                                   and mixed conifer


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