Payson Ranger District fire specialists plan to eliminate 50 acres of vegetative debris piles in and around the community of Pine and another 100 acres of vegetative debris piles in the Christopher Creek and Hunter Creek areas using prescribed fire on Friday, March 4.
Fire personnel will mitigate the impact of smoke by ending ignitions by 3 p.m.
Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell light to moderate amounts of smoke as smoke moves up and over the Mogollon Rim. Diurnal airflow in the evening hours will move residual smoke down Pine Creek, Hunter Creek and Christopher Creek.
“Weather conditions this past week prevented us from conducting prescribed fire treatments planned for the Christopher Creek and Hunter Creek areas,” said Gary Roberts, fire prevention officer. “Hopefully, weather conditions will cooperate with us by late next week so we can implement these essential prescribed fire treatments we have planned.”
For information about prescribed fire and mechanical fuels reduction operations, call the Payson Ranger District at (928) 474-7900.