A massive plume of smoke over Rim Country Tuesday afternoon alarmed several residents. The Forest Service says the “Chamberlin” fire is under control and was purposely set to burn through debris.
Crews started the burn in the Pleasant Valley Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest, setting the fire during the cool, relatively moist conditions to burn through accumulated brush and small trees.
Crews used roads as fire breaks to contain the spread of the fire.
Forest Service officials say the fire will probably continue to produce a plume of smoke throughout the week.
For more information, call the Pleasant Valley Ranger District at (928) 462-4300.
Crews posted signs along roads most affected by the smoke. Motorists are urged to use caution while driving through these areas and to slow down for the safety of firefighters and the public.
Prescribed fire treatments are always dependent on optimal weather conditions before ignitions begin, such as fuel moisture content, wind speed and direction, relative humidity, temperature, and other variables.
For information about prescribed fire and mechanical fuels reduction operations, please 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, the fire emergency number is (866) 746-6516.