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Prescribed Fire Treatments Planned for Pyeatt Draw Road and Tonto Village (Prescribed Burns 2018 Prescribed Fire)

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 18:25
PAYSON, Arizona, February 16, 2018—For Immediate Release. Tonto National Forest fire specialists will begin eliminating a combined total of about 200 acres of vegetative debris piles on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, near Pyeatt Draw Road and Control Road 64 in the Diamond Point summer homes area. Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke during the four-day burning operation. Smoke during the day will impact Diamond Point and Ellison Creek summer homes. Residual smoke will impact Beaver Valley and Cold Springs in the evening. Residual smoke may linger in these areas through Sunday, February 25, 2018. For the area west of Tonto Village, during the day and evening hours, smoke will impact Highway 260, Tonto Village, Thompson Draw I and II, and Diamond Point and Ellison Creek summer homes. Residual smoke will linger in these areas through Sunday, February 25, 2018. Fire specialists will terminate ignitions by 3 p.m. each day to minimize the...

Pile burn activity continues near North Rim, Jacob Lake, DeMotte campground (KNF-GRCA North Zone Fire Rx 2018-2019 Prescribed Fire)

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 11:38
Fredonia, Ariz., Feb. 16, 2018 – For Immediate Release. North Zone fire managers plan to continue pile burning activity in the vicinity of the North Rim Developed Area, which consists of two, 16-acre units of hand piles. Pending favorable weather conditions, ignitions could begin as early as next week. As a reminder, the North Rim and Arizona Highway 67 are closed for the season and will re-open this spring. Within the last three weeks, crews have accomplished an estimated 1,000 acres of mixed mechanical and hand pile prescribed burning in the vicinity of Jacob Lake and DeMotte. All three locations will remain a priority as conditions allow. As a reminder, all prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather and fuel conditions, including winds, temperature, humidity, vegetation moisture and ventilation conditions for dispersal of smoke. All prescribed fires are subject to approval by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. For...

Lakeside Ranger District burning Timber Knoll slash piles (Timber Knoll Slash Piles Prescribed Fire)

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:30
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. Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. It provides habitat diversity, recycles plant nutrients into the soil and encourages new growth for a variety of plants used by wildlife and livestock. Prescribed burning of forest ground fuels also reduces the threat of large scale wildfire impacts to private lands. After ignitions, personnel will monitor the area as needed. Prescribed fire operations are...

Fuels Reduction Efforts Continue on Tusayan Ranger District (Kaibab South Zone RX Fire Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:40
Tusayan, Ariz., Feb 13, 2018—For Immediate Release. Fire Managers on the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest will continue burning slash piles on a 429 acre block this week just west of the Grand Canyon Airport. The return of wet winter weather has enabled crews to resume working where they started last month eliminating woody fuel loads from previous thinning projects southwest of the town of Tusayan. Piles generally consume quickly due to the arrangement of burnable material above the ground and have little to no spread potential over the dampened surface. Smoke may be visible for short durations from the Grand Canyon Village, Highway 64 and the community of Tusayan but is expected to dissipate rapidly toward the northeast with very light impacts. Conditions are monitored closely throughout the day to ensure smoke ventilation is optimal during operations. Visitors are always reminded to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of prescribed fires, as...

Green Mountain prescribed fire planned for this week (Shasta-Trinity Prescribed Fires 2017-18 Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:39
U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region Shasta-Trinity National Forest 3644 Avtech Parkway Redding, CA 96002 Voice: (530) 226-2500 Web: www.fs.usda.gov/stnf For Immediate Release Feb. 13, 2018 Media Contacts: Carol Underhill cunderhill@fs.fed.us P: (530) 226-2494 Josef Orosz jaorosz@fs.fed.us P: (530) 226-2322 Twitter: twitter.com/ShastaTrinityNF Facebook: www.facebook.com/ShastaTrinityNF Green Mountain prescribed fire planned for this week REDDING, Calif. — Between February 14 and 16, the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area will be conducting a prescribed fire to remove understory fuels on National Forest System lands in the area of Green Mountain. The prescribed burn is part of the Green Mountain Vegetation Management Project and is the latest component of a multiple entry plan to treat the landscape around the Brock Mountain and Green Mountain area on the eastern side of Shasta Lake. The expected initiation dates are dependent...

Prescrived Fire Treatments Slated for Pyeatt Draw Rd and Tonto Village Area (Prescribed Burns 2018 Prescribed Fire)

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 21:39
PAYSON, Arizona, February 12, 2018—For Immediate Release. Tonto National Forest fire specialists will begin eliminating 20 acres of vegetative debris piles on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, near Pyeatt Draw Road and Control Road 64 in the Myrtle Point area. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell light amounts of smoke during the one day burning operation. Smoke during the day will impact Diamond Point and Ellison Creek summer homes. Residual smoke will impact Beaver Valley and Cold Springs in the evening. Residual smoke will linger in these areas through Wednesday. February 14, 2018. Fire specialists will continue eliminating 204 acres of vegetative debris piles west of Tonto Village in the Myrtle Point area starting on Wednesday February 14 through Friday, February 16, 2018. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke during the three-day burning operation. During the day and evening hours, smoke will impact...

Pile Burns to Continue on South Side of Williams Ranger District (Kaibab South Zone RX Fire Prescribed Fire)

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:11
Williams, Ariz., Feb 12, 2018—For Immediate Release. Fire crews will begin burning an additional 500 acres of hand piles scattered across the southern half of the Williams Ranger District beginning Monday of this week. Inclement weather bringing moisture has presented favorable conditions to continue reducing fuel loads at various locations that include Coleman Lake, Sevier Flat, and Jackass Flat. Conditions will be evaluated daily before burns are implemented to ensure desirable effects and management objectives are being met. Fire managers will conduct operations incrementally at different locations throughout the week. Smoke production is expected to be minimal with very short duration and disperse quickly to the northeast. No overnight impacts are expected. Visitors are always reminded to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of prescribed fires, as firefighters, fire-related traffic and smoke may all be present. All prescribed fires are subject to approval by the Arizona...

Umatilla National Forest prepares for prescribed burning (2018 Umatilla NF Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 14:57
North Fork John Day Ranger District to implement prescribed burn this week PENDLETON, Ore. – The Umatilla National Forest is preparing to implement early season prescribed burning activities as soon as Thursday across portions of the Forest. Fire management officials on the North Fork John Day Ranger District will begin implementing a prescribed burn plan on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, three miles south of Dale along the west side of Highway 395. The District’s upcoming prescribed burn operations consist of approximately 200 acres of grass within a 600 acre burn unit. The objective of the burn is to reduce the spread of invasive grasses, such as Ventenata and Medusahead, by burning the first germination of grass following the recent snow melt. Implementing these burn operations will help encourage the growth of native vegetation. Smoke from the burn operations will be visible along the highway, but the activities are not anticipated to produce significant or long-lasting smoke....

Prescribed Burning Planned February 7 (Shasta-Trinity Prescribed Fires 2017-18 Prescribed Fire)

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:57
The following prescribed fire projects are scheduled to take place today:Weaver Basin Trail System north of Weaverville - 1 acrePeak, near Plummer Peak south of Hayfork - 5 acres Pit Arm near Shasta Lake - 2

Prescribed Burning to Continue on Reed Rx Project South of Tusayan (Kaibab South Zone RX Fire Prescribed Fire)

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:51
Tusayan, Ariz., Feb 7, 2018—For Immediate Release. Fire crews are scheduled to continue burning a 250 acre unit on the Reed Prescribed Fire project beginning Thursday of this week near the Grand Canyon Airport southwest of the town of Tusayan. Ignitions will occur over a period of a few days in order to minimize smoke production and allow for good ventilation throughout the day. East winds are forecasted and are expected to transport smoke away from developed areas reducing the potential for impacts to residents, businesses and roadways. “This area southwest of Tusayan is critical for us to maintain with regular intervals of fire” said Brandon Oberhardt, Engine Captain on the Tusayan Ranger District. “Predominant winds come out of this direction most days of the year so keeping this area free of hazardous fuels is essential for reducing the threat to the community” Smoke may be visible from Highway 64 and from the communities of Grand Canyon, Valle and Tusayan. Light smoke...

Prescribed burn plan for week of Feb. 12 (2018 Pile and Prescribed Burns Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 16:39
A prescribed broadcast burn project is planned for next week near Mountainaire on the Coconino National Forest’s Flagstaff Ranger District. The Howard Burn Project encompasses approximately 875 acres and is located 1 mile southeast of Mountainaire (35° 4'44.49"N, 111°38'13.72"W). Within this broadcast burn area there are also slash piles which will burn and may smoke for several days within the prescription area. Fire managers are planning to use Forest Roads, 9484T, 235F, 9420R, 762B and local topography as area boundaries. The project is scheduled to begin sometime after 9 a.m. and should be completed within three days. Smoke is predicted to move toward the east and northeast which may impact local communities such as East Flagstaff and motorists on Lake Mary Road. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in the Lake Mary area, Doney Park, Walnut Canyon and drain down nearby canyons. Prescribed burns are always dependent upon approval...

Prescribed Burning Planned February 6 (Shasta-Trinity Prescribed Fires 2017-18 Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 13:14
The following prescribed fire projects are scheduled to take place February 6, 2018:Weaver Basin Trail System near Mt. Shasta - 1 acrePeak, near Plummer Peak south of Hayfork - 20 acres

Prescribed burning planned on Springerville Ranger District (Whiting Prescribed Burn Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:30
The Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations February 7 and 8. The district plans to burn two units, totaling approximately 220 acres, in the vicinity of Whiting Homestead. Personnel will remain on scene monitoring the burn through the weekend as needed. Ignitions will occur throughout the morning to minimize the adverse effects of smoke on the local communities. Smoke will be visible from Round Valley, Arizona State Highway 260, U.S. Highway 60 and along Forest Road 117. Motorists are advised to drive safely when approaching areas where prescribed fire activities may limit visibility and hinder fire personnel operations. All prescribed burns are approved through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) before ignition begins. The ADEQ monitors air quality and determines whether or not it will be a good day for smoke dispersion. Although smoke from prescribed fire can still be...

Tank Hollow wildland fire contained and controlled (Tank Hollow Fire Wildfire)

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 18:49
The Tank Hollow Wildland fire was contained and controlled on December 5, 2017 at 11:00

Fire Treatments Slated for Areas South of Payson, 1/29 - 2/2/2018 (Prescribed Burns 2018 Prescribed Fire)

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 16:49
PHOENIX, January 26, 2018—For Immediate Release. As part of the Tonto National Forest’s ongoing strategy to restore the health of the landscape and reduce catastrophic wildfire danger in Rim County, fire specialists will conduct prescribed fire treatments on 758 acres south of Payson, starting on Monday, January 29, and continuing through Friday, February 2, 2018. The treatment areas are located south of the Payson Golf Course, north of Oxbow Estates, southwest of Granite Dells, south of Round Valley, and north of Jim Jones Shooting Range. The prescribed fire treatments are designed to maintain fuel breaks that were created between 2004 and 2009 as a strategic line of defense for the town of Payson should a fire ignite south of town and get carried towards the northeast by prevailing southwest winds. The treatments will eliminate timber slash, dead and down woody debris, grass and brush. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell light-to-moderate...

Prescribed Burning Planned January 25 (Shasta-Trinity Prescribed Fires 2017-18 Prescribed Fire)

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 15:02
Fire crews are planning to burn piles in the Pit Arm/Jones Valley area and on Ski Island on Shasta Lake on January 25, 2018

Prescribed Burning Planned January 24 (Shasta-Trinity Prescribed Fires 2017-18 Prescribed Fire)

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 13:13
The following prescribed fire project is scheduled to take place January 24, 2018:Sims Reforestation Project Pile Burn, 10 miles north/northwest of Hyampom - 30 acres

Pile Burn Continues on Gobbler Timber Sale (Gobbler Timber Sale Piles Prescribed Fire)

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 10:30
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District will be burning slash piles on January 24th, if weather conditions allow. The ignition area is on Upper Rocky Arroyo, Gobbler Timber sale, East of Pinetop Country Club along Forest Service Road 185 and 9600T. Scattered piles will be burned across forest land during this time frame. Smoke impacts are possible along Highway 260 and within the Pinetop 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. Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. It provides habitat diversity, recycles plant nutrients into the soil and encourages new growth for a variety of plants used by wildlife and livestock. Prescribed burning of forest ground fuels also reduces the threat of...

Pile burns planned over next several days (2018 Pile and Prescribed Burns Prescribed Fire)

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 10:08
With the recent snow fall the Coconino National Forest fire managers will be assisting Coconino County with a green waste burn at the Willard Springs transfer station today immediately west of Interstate 17 at the Willard Springs exit. Fire managers will also be burning slash piles over the next several days at different locations throughout the Flagstaff Ranger District, which include: Willard Springs Pit (green waste) When: Planned ignition will be Wednesday (Jan. 24) as weather and conditions allow. Where: Immediately west of I-17 near Willard Springs exit. Size: Approximately 1 acre. Impacts: Smoke may impact Munds Park communities and drivers on I-17 in the area.Ponderosa Trail Hand Piles When: Planned ignition will be Wednesday (Jan. 24) as weather and conditions allow. Where: North of Pulliam Airport, near Ponderosa Trails subdivision. Size: Approximately 1 acre. Impacts: Winds are expected to flow toward the north and northeast, and smoke will be visible to motorists...

Goosenest Burn Notification (Klamath National Forest Prescibed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:58
Contingent upon weather conditions and local burn day restrictions, the Goosenest Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest will be conducting the following prescribed burning projects January 24-25, 2018 Project Legal Location County Landmark Long Prairie T44N, R1E, Sec 14 Siskiyou 6 miles northeast of Tennant, CA Planned Ignition: January 24th – January 25th, 2018 Agency Contact: USFS, Klamath National Forest, Brandon Dethlefs 530-398-5727 Rudy Rios 530-398-5701 Total acreage: Approximately 50 acres Duration of ignition: 1-2 days Estimated Travel of Smoke: North

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