The Forest Service says they are using the lightning-caused Horton Fire on the Rim to their advantage.
Fire personnel are letting it burn through the fire-adapted area “to accomplish forest plan objectives.”
The fire was first spotted Aug. 25 and is moving slowly in an area a mile northeast of the Tonto Christian Camp on the east side of Tonto Creek. Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell large volumes of smoke until about Monday, Sept. 5.
During the day, smoke should move up Tonto Creek and over the Mogollon Rim. At night, smoke could affect visibility on Highway 260.
Fire specialists plan to let the fire burn through about 390 acres of dense fuels to improve wildlife habitat.
For information about prescribed fire and mechanical fuels reduction operations, call the Payson Ranger District at (928) 474-7900 or visit www.fs.usda.