The recent snows have given the Payson Ranger District a sufficiently damp window of opportunity to start conducting prescribed burns throughout Rim country.
"Hopefully, we'll stay in a moist pattern for a while, before it gets too hot and dry," said District Fire Management Officer Bobby Ortland. "We won't get it all done, but we'll try. At the moment, we're hoping for one full month of fuel reductions, and to shut things down by mid-April or early May."
The ranger district's top prescribed burn priority is the Wooffidd Fuel Break -- 50 acres of hand piles and ponderosa pine that surround Pine and border some parts of Strawberry.
Other planned burns are as follows:
- Miscellaneous machine and hand piles in the Whispering Pines, Rim Trail, Ellison Creek and Camp Geronimo areas.
• Five-hundred acres of Ponderosa pine in the Ashmo areas of Christopher Creek and Hunter Creek.
• Twelve-hundred acres of chaparral south of Geronimo Estates.
• Three-hundred acres of ponderosa pine in Hell's Half Acre, west of Whispering Pines and south of the Control Road.
For updates and more information about the scheduled burns, call the Payson Ranger Station at 474-7900.