Pile Burning Planned For Christopher Creek And Christopher Mountain Areas


Payson Ranger District fire specialists will conduct prescribed fire treatments on debris piles on the west side of See Canyon Road (FR 284) northwest of Christopher Creek beginning Monday, Jan. 9.

Fire personnel plan to eliminate vegetative debris piles on Christopher Mountain beginning Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate to heavy amounts of smoke each day of the operation. Diurnal air flow in the evening hours will move residual smoke down Christopher Creek and Tonto Creek and may impact the communities of Christopher Creek, Hunter Creek, R-C Boy Scout Camp, and Bear Flats.

Ignitions will end each day by 3:30 p.m. Smoke from the prescribed fire treatments may linger in these areas through next Friday.

During fire operations, signs will be posted along the roads that are likely to be affected by smoke.

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

Residents can also stay updated on forest prescribed fires at www.fs.usda.gov/Tonto.

To report a wildland fire, call (866) 746-6516.


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