Two prescribed burns are scheduled for later this week if optimum temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, and fuel moisture content occur.
A low-intensity broadcast burn of 300-400 acres will be conducted in the Thompson Draw, Forest Road 405A and Bear Flat area. Smoke is expected to be moderate during the day and move in a northeast direction from the burn, with some settling expected during evening hours in the Tonto Creek drainage below Bear Flat.
Another low-intensity broadcast burn will be conducted in the Shadow Rim Girl Scout Ranch, Washington Park and Camp Geronimo area. Smoke will be moderate during the day, with some settling during evening hours in adjacent drainages.
Both burns will take from two to seven days to complete.
"Prescribed fire is a valuable management tool we use to reduce catastrophic wildfire danger," Payson Ranger District fire prevention officer Gary Roberts said.
The goal of the prescribed burn is to reduce forest debris in the area from an estimated 20 tons per acre to 5-7.