Pleasant Valley Ranger District fire specialists will be conducting a series of prescribed fire operations in the Cherry analysis area of approximately 5,700 acres through September on the Tonto National Forest.
As weather conditions permit, a black line will be put around several burn blocks, treating up to several hundred acres daily, dependent on air quality conditions.
Prescription fire requests must be approved by Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for each day of the burning operations.
As weather permits, after the black line is complete, aerial ignition of the interior portion of the burn blocks will be conducted.
The Cherry prescribed fire will be along both sides of State Highway 288 and are composed of three planning units (or blocks):
Peters Corral block boundaries: Beginning at FS Rd. 238 and State Hwy. 288, south on Hwy. 288 to FS Rd. 416 (Buzzard Roost Rd.) west along FS Rd. 416, north to private land boundary, continuing east along southern boundary of private land, at the southeast corner north to junction of private land and FS Rd. 238, north along southern side of FS Rd. 238 to the starting point.
Squaw Mesa block boundaries: The northern boundary is Graveyard Canyon beginning at the confluence with State Hwy. 288 east to the bluff line, south along the bluff line of Squaw Mesa to its junction with FS Rd. 203, west to Hwy. 288, and north on Hwy. 288 to the starting point.
This individual burn block was black-lined to the north and east last spring and fall.
Snow Tank block boundaries: The southern boundary is Graveyard Canyon beginning at the confluence with State Hwy. 288 east to a two-track road, west along the two-track (old dump road) to its junction with Hwy. 288, south on Hwy. 288 to the starting point at Graveyard Canyon.
Residual smoke will be seen for a several days after ignition.
Prescribed fire treatments are always dependent on optimal weather conditions, such as fuel moisture content, temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and directions, and other variables.