Prescribed Burns Near Pine, Washington Park Producing Heavy Smoke

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A prescribed fire of 1,000 acres west of Whispering Pines off Control Road 64 in the Verde Glen and Washington Park areas is currently kicking up a ton of smoke.

In the evening hours, smoke will move down the East Verde River.

West of Pine, fire officials say they plan to burn 1,000 acres in the Hardscrabble Mesa area to reduce hazardous fuels.

Residents and visitors can expect to see moderate to heavy amounts of smoke until sundown during each day of the operation, which is expected to end Sunday.

In the Gordon Canyon Estates area, a fuel break was started last week. The hazardous fuels reduction work will encompass 345 strategic acres and will be completed by the end of December. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to hear chain saws during the day until the project is completed.

For information about the prescribed fire, please call the Payson Ranger District at (928) 474-7900.

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