Young – Two lightning-caused fires are currently being managed for multiple objectives by Tonto National Forest fire specialists. The two fires have collectively burned less than 10 acres near Young, Ariz.
The Turkey Fire is located west of Highway 288 and north of the Turkey Creek drainage. The area is a mix of ponderosa pine and oak with some varieties of brush, grass and juniper. This fire started July 11 and has burned approximately five acres. The Payson and Prescott hotshot teams are monitoring the fire with two engines and one bulldozer. Line preparation will continue over the next 4 to 5 days. The fire, according to officials, will be allowed to play its natural role as it consumes fuels within the perimeter.
The Canyon Fire is located east of FS Road 512 in Canyon Creek, an area of mostly brush and timber litter. This fire started July 12 and has been less than one acre. One engine is assigned to the fire.
“Smoke may be observed in the vicinity of Highway 288 and Young and from FS Road 512 and Heber over the next several days,” said John Thornburg, Fire Management Officer. “We also ask the public to exercise caution along Highway 288 and FS Road 512 where fire crews are working.”
For more information, visit the Tonto website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto/ or call the Pleasant Valley Ranger District: 928-402-4300.