Payson Ranger District fire specialists plan to conduct an 180-acre fire treatment in the Houston Mesa area Tuesday through Thursday, March 27-29.
Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke each day of the prescribed fire operation.
Residual smoke in the evening hours will travel down Houston Creek and settle in the Star Valley area. To mitigate the impact of smoke, ignitions will end each day by 3 p.m.
When fire operations begin, signs will be posted along roads that are likely to be affected by smoke. Motorists are urged to use caution while driving thru these areas and to slow down for the safety of firefighters and the public.
Broadcast fire treatments can continue for several days or weeks and generally are conducted during cooler weather after grasses have dried and cured. Windy conditions are often 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.