Hunter Creek Area Slated For Debris Piles Elimination


Payson Ranger District fire personnel will eliminate about 20 acres of vegetative debris piles in the Hunter Creek area on Monday, Feb. 7 and Tuesday, Feb. 8.

To mitigate smoke, district fire specialists will stop burns by 3 p.m. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell light to moderate amounts of smoke.

Smoke will affect the Christopher Creek and Hunter Creek areas during the day as smoke moves up and over the Mogollon Rim.

When fire operations begin, crews will post signs along the roads that will be affected by smoke. Motorists are urged to use caution while driving through these areas and to slow down for the safety of firefighters and the public.

“This past week, we shut down fire operations by Wednesday for public and firefighter safety when the weather moved out of optimum conditions for a prescribed fire treatment,” said Gary Roberts, fire prevention officer. “However, on Monday and Tuesday we eliminated vegetative debris piles on 150 acres in the Geronimo Estates area.”

During this fire treatment season, crews have burned 440 acres of vegetative debris piles.

For information about prescribed fire and mechanical fuels reduction operations, call the Payson Ranger District at (928) 474-7900.


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