Expect Smoke From Prescribed Burn


If ideal conditions of temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture content and wind speed persist, Payson Ranger District personnel will continue a broadcast burn of approximately 310 acres in an area northwest of Whispering Pines.

The burn began on Monday, Nov. 6. Significant smoke will be seen for up to a week, with the heaviest expected on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Visible smoke is also expected to settle into drainages in the evening. Shadow Rim, Washington Park, Verde Glen and Rim Trail will experience the most impact from the operation, according to the Forest Service. In the past two weeks, approximately 460 acres have been treated by prescribed burning. The practice allows fire managers the option of burning under the right conditions to reduce wildfire danger.

The burns are closely monitored and, should there be a problem, aggressive containment measures are taken.

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