Rim Country Smoke Coming From Two Prescribed Burns


Two prescribed burn operations should result in smoke in the Payson Ranger District early this week.

According to a press release from the Forest Service, a prescribed burning operation south of the Payson Golf Course, as well as an operation east of Star Valley in the Diamond Point Shadows subdivision area will wrap up today, Tuesday.

"Seizing a welcome, but brief, weather window of opportunity, fire personnel from the Payson Ranger District will commence burning about 150 acres of debris piles created from earlier thinning projects," the press release said.

"Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see heavy smoke initially that will go up and over Payson to the north, but will decrease to minimal to moderate amounts of smoke by midday. Flames will also be visible and most smoke will disperse the day after the burning operation commenced," the release goes on to say.

The operation east of Star Valley will focus on 50 acres of debris piles along Highway 260. Smoke from that operation is expected to disperse by Wednesday.

"A very warm and dry fall in Rim Country has, for the most part, put the Payson Ranger District's annual prescribed burning program in a holding pattern," according to the press release.

The operations will only be conducted if optimum weather conditions are present.

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