Pleasant Valley Ranger District fire specialists will be conducting a series of prescribed fire operations on approximately 6,300 acres in the Cherry and Chamberlain analysis area through April 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.
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 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 black-lined on the north and east side.
The Chamberlain prescribed fire will be along the west side of Forest Highway 512 and contain the following planning units (or blocks):
Powerline block boundaries: The northern boundary is Forest Road 291 east to Forest Highway 512 south to Forest Road 411C to the powerline right-of-way/bottom of Neaglin 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.
For further information, please call the Pleasant Valley Ranger District at (928) 462-4300. Residents can also stay updated on prescribed fires at www.fs.