Prescribed Fire Operations Planned For Houston Mesa Area This Week

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Payson Ranger District fire specialists plan to conduct a 300 acre burn east of the Houston Mesa Horse Trail extending to the Mesa del Caballo area Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 1-2.

Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke each day of the prescribed fire operation. Mesa del Caballo will be impacted by smoke during the day. Diurnal air flow in the evening will move residual smoke into the E. Tyler Pkwy. area, Chaparral Pines, Rim golf Club and the Payson area.

To mitigate the impact of smoke, ignitions will end each day by 3:30 p.m.

Smoke may linger in these areas thru Friday. During fire operations, signs will be posted along roads that are likely to be affected by smoke.

Broadcast fire treatments can continue for several days or weeks and generally are conducted during cooler weather after grasses have dried and cured. Moderate winds are needed to carry flames across open areas and achieve the beneficial effects desired by land managers.

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.

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