Pleasant Valley Ranger District fire specialists will be conducting a series of prescribed fire operations of approximately 6,300 acres in the Cherry analysis area through November 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 is composed of three planning units.
Peters Corral block boundaries: Beginning at Forest Road (FR) 238 and State Highway 288, south on Highway 288 to FR 416 (Buzzard Roost Rd.) west along FR 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 FR 238, north along southern side of FR 238 to the starting point.
Cow Flat block boundaries: The northern boundary is Cherry Creek ranch private land boundary east to the FR 329, south along FR 329 to its junction with FR 912, and north on FR 912 to the starting point. This individual burn block will be blacklined on the north and east side.
Snow Tank block boundaries: The southern boundary is Graveyard Canyon beginning at the confluence with State Highway 288 east to a two-track trail, west along the two-track (old dump road) to its junction with Highway 288, south on Highway 288 to the starting point at Graveyard Canyon.