Beginning immediately, as soon as windows of optimum weather opportunity are present, the Payson Ranger District will initiate its annual prescribed burn program. Prescribed or Rx fire is an effective management tool used to regulate heavy fuel loads and to create healthier forests. Residents, property owners, and visitors in Mogollon Rim country should expect to see smoky skies intermittently this fall, winter and spring. Broadcast burning and the burning of vegetative debris piles will commence across the Payson Ranger District. Smoke from this fire will not only be visible during the day, it is also expected to settle into drainages at night.
Debris piles (ranging from a half-a-ton to a ton-and-a-half each) are generally burned during our wettest months of December, January and February. They will be burned, however, whenever conditions are ideal. Broadcast burning is a fire manager's tool to reduce debris off the forest floor.