SPRINGERVILLE—January 24, 2018 – The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District will be burning slash piles on January 24th, if weather conditions allow. The ignition area is on Upper Rocky Arroyo, Gobbler Timber sale, East of Pinetop Country Club along Forest Service Road 185 and 9600T. Scattered piles will be burned across forest land during this time frame. Smoke impacts are possible along Highway 260 and within the Pinetop Community. Smoke may be visible from the communities of Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside and Vernon. In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the pile burn as smoke may reduce visibility in the area.
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 a variety of plants used by wildlife and livestock. Prescribed burning of forest ground fuels also reduces the threat of large scale wildfire impacts to public and private lands. Crews will be on scene from ignition until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries. Prescribed fire operations are subject to cancelation due to unfavorable weather conditions.