Ideal weather conditions this past week, allowed Payson Ranger District fire personnel to successfully treat 532 acres southwest of Pine with prescribed fire.
The communities of Pine and Strawberry experienced minimal impact from the prescribed fire operation as most smoke diverted from the area, as predicted, in a southwesterly direction.
Tuesday, Jan. 22 through Thursday, Jan. 24, if weather conforms to predictions, fire personnel will burn up to 25 acres of vegetative debris piles south of Payson and west of the Beeline Highway. Smoke from the prescribed fire operation will be light.
Also on tap from Jan. 22 through Jan. 24, Payson Ranger District fire personnel will burn about 80 acres of vegetative debris piles west of Strawberry. The prescribed burning operation will generate heavy amounts of smoke for about six hours each day, roughly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The purpose of the prescribed burning operations is to eliminate up to 30 tons per acre of dangerous fuels.