A 3,000-acre prescribed burn near Sunflower will impact travel on Highway 87 this week.
"There will be some impact to motorists on the Beeline," Tonto National Forest Supervisor Karl Siderits said. "The fire will be visible from the road, and there will be smoke in the area."
Dubbed the "Kitty Joe" project, the prescribed burn is part of the Tonto's continuing effort to use carefully planned and controlled fire to reduce heavy pockets of vegetation across the forest. The project started Monday, with Forest Service personnel expecting to burn up to 500 acres per day.
"By treating these areas now, when environmental conditions create a lower intensity burn, we won't have to face raging wildfires in them later," Siderits said.
In addition to the Kitty Joe project, several smaller prescribed burns will be conducted this week by forest officials. Scheduled burns include 100 acres near Little Green Valley and 200 acres south of Young.
For the latest information on current Tonto National Forest prescribed fires, log onto www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto/fire.