Springerville, AZ; December 20, 2013—Arizona State Highways 273 along with Forest Service gates on forest roads 409, 112 and 87 that access Highway 273 will be closed beginning Christmas Eve December 24, 2013. Arizona State Highway 261 will remain open until December 31, 2013. Access to the Big Lake, Crescent Lake or Mexican Hay Lake areas via Highway 273 and 261 will be closed by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), and will remain closed until spring.
The Lakeside Ranger District is planning prescribed pile burning on approximately 2500 acres, beginning Friday, November 08, 2013. The purpose of the burn is to reduce residual fuel accumulations generated by White Mountain Stewardship thinning activities in the Los Burros Management Area.
Prescribed fire activity will be along Forest Service Roads (FR): FR224, FR96, FR9, FR271 and the reservation boundary. Burning will continue as long as conditions and consumption objectives are being met. Motorists and recreationists are advised to use caution when driving into smoke along travel routes and trails. Smoke may be visible from US Hwy 60, Arizona State Hwy 260, Vernon, and the Porter Mountain area.
Note: The public is urged to check with the Lakeside Ranger District Fire Staff before calling in a smoke report at (928) 368-2100 to see if a burn is in progress.
With the assistance of Tribal Forestry and the Honda Fire Department, Sunrise Ski Resort will be burning slash piles starting November 7, 2013. There are piles on top of Apache Peak and piles down lower on the mountain that will be burned with an engine available for monitoring. The piles pose minimal risk to any infrastructure and standing trees. Questions or concerns; please contact Jonathan Brooks, White Mountian Apache Tribe 928-338-1665 or Logan Lawson or Brian Bressel at Sunrise Ski Resort.
Springerville, AZ –October 29, 2013—A wildfire called the ‘Whiting Fire’ was found last evening near Whiting Knoll (legal description of T9N, 26E, Section 10). The wildfire is currently estimated at 100 acres and resources include: Apache Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) resources, 2 dozers, 3 engines, 1 Hot Shot Crew, and a Department of Correction Crew.
A crew established a fire line last night to help hold the fire until crews and resources could respond at day break. The fire is currently burning grass, Juniper and fallen trees. Smoke may be visible from both US Highway 60 and Arizona State Highway 260.
Snowy weather has arrived in the Rim Country leaving many forest roads impassable and prompting a temporary winter closure of the Rim Lakes Recreation Area including vehicle access to Woods Canyon and Bear Canyon Lakes. At this time Willow Springs and Black Canyon Lakes will remain open but may be closed without further notice. This winter closure order applies to wheeled motor vehicles only. The forest will remain open for winter recreational activities, including, but not limited to the use of snow machines. These closures are placed to protect forest resources and safeguard forest snowmobile routes. The snow route originates at the Rim Top Trailhead off of forest road 300 and extends north. Access to the snow route by car and truck traffic will be restricted by closed gates on forest roads 300, 169, 34, 63, and 70A.
Pursuant to 16 USC 551, and Title 36 CFR 261.50 (a) and(b), the prohibition(s) listed in Order Number 03-13-542 applicable to the Sitgreaves National Forest, dated March 5 th, 2013, and signed by James E. Zornes is (are) hereby terminated.