Springerville, AZ – February 1, 2021 – The Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) is planning a prescribed burn of piles beginning Tuesday, February 2, through February 16, 2021, weather conditions permit. The Greens Peak Piles consist of about 200 acres of debris left over from recent timber and sales. They are burned to reduce the fuel loading surrounding Greens Peak’s community. Fire personnel will monitor the burn until it is entirely out.
Smoke will be visible from Greens Peak, along portions of Forest Road (FR) 117, FR 8453, near the Greens Peak Lookout tower. The Hall Ranch and the Carnero Lake Campground are familiar landmarks in the area. Smoke may limit visibility on roads, lead to road closures, and may be present for up to one week after ignitions are complete. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.
Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. It provides habitat diversity, recycles plant nutrients into the soil, and encourages new growth for various plants used by wildlife and livestock. Prescribed burning of forest ground fuels also reduces the threat of large-scale wildfire impacts on private lands.
All prescribed burns are approved through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) before ignitions begin, and they monitor air quality. Please visit the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s webpage: https://azdeq.gov/, for additional information regarding air quality.
Although smoke from prescribed fire can still be a nuisance, it is usually for a shorter time, and considerably less smoke than wildfires produce. If you are sensitive to smoke or have respiratory problems, stay indoors if possible. To find helpful fire resources visit the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/fire.
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