Payson Ranger District fire personnel in conjunction with the Regional Payson Area Project (RPAP) will begin burning about 500 tons of vegetative debris in the Blatner brush disposal pit as early as 7 a.m. on Monday, July 14, if weather conditions permit.
Residents and visitors to Rim Country can expect to see a significant column and a large volume of smoke for several hours as disposed brush from residents and property owners is eliminated in the pit to make room for more.
Smoldering fire activity can be expected to be seen in the Blatner pit for up to a week.
The Blatner pit is located off Highway 260, south of milepost 259.7, between Preacher Canyon and Lion Springs and the 436 road.
The Blatner brush disposal pit is one unit of several in Rim Country that are managed by the well-received and successful RPAP.
The brush disposal pits are provided in order to allow residents and property owners the opportunity to dispose of non-commercial vegetative debris, free of charge, after reducing dangerous vegetative fuels on their private land in order to create defensible and survivable space.