Payson Ranger District fire specialists plan to conduct prescribed burns on approximately 50 acres of remaining vegetative debris piles in the Christopher Creek area Wednesday and Thursday this week.
To mitigate the impact of smoke, ignitions will end each day by 2 p.m. Smoke may linger in these areas through Sunday, due to cold, inert winter air.
“We successfully treated about 750 acres on the west side of the See Canyon Road and on top of Christopher Mountain,” said Gary Roberts, fire prevention officer. “We really appreciate the continued support and patience of the community as we work to better protect these communities from catastrophic wildfires.”
Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke during each day of the prescribed operation. Diurnal air flow in the evening hours will move residual smoke south and may impact the communities of Christopher Creek, Hunter Creek, R-C Boy Scout Camp and Bear Flat.
During fire operations, officials will post signs along roads likely 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. For information about prescribed fire and mechanical fuels reduction operations, call the Payson Ranger District at (928) 474-7900.