The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests eastern center of Arizona.
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. . . Flood Watch in effect . . .

Flooding in Clifton Ranger District. Frisco will reach flood stage Friday morning. Gila will crest Saturday morning. Flooding on the Blue will be four times last flood event.  Eagle Creek will flood by Friday. Honey Moon Campground to be impacted by flooding. Contact NWS frequently for updates.  

Welcome to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

 



Districts on the Apache-Sitgreaves

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The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, administered as one national forest, encompass over two million acres of magnificent mountain country in east-central Arizona. The Sitgreaves National Forest was named for Captain Lorenzo Sitgreaves, a government topographical engineer who conducted the first scientific expedition across Arizona in the early 1850’s Read more»

On the Sitgreaves, the major attractions for the visitors from the desert are the Mogollon Rim and eight cold-water lakes. From the Mogollon Rim’s 7,600- foot elevation, vista points provide inspiring views of the low lands to the south. The Rim (pronounced: muggy-own) extends two hundred miles from Flagstaff into western New Mexico.

The Apache National Forest ranges in elevation from 3,500 feet to nearly 11,500 feet and is named for the tribes that settled in this area. The area from Mount Baldy east to Escudilla Mountain is often referred to as the White Mountains of Arizona. From the edge of the Mogollon Rim south of Hannagan Meadow the land drops precipitously into the high desert around Clifton. 

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Apache-Sitgreaves Fuel Treatments, White Mtn. Stewardship, & the San Juan Fire

White Mountain Stewardship Project (WMS) and wildlife habitat treatments aid in moderating fire behavior on the San Juan fire. In addition to the Coon Mountain prescribed fire, completed in November of 2012, also assisted firefighters in controlling the San Juan Fire by reducing hazardous fuels and removing decadent brush. Funding and support where provided by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Habitat Partnership committee. The Burn was completed by fire personnel from the Springerville, Alpine, and Lakeside Ranger Districts. 


San Juan Fire Information and Links

San Juan Fire on June 27, 2014

The San Juan fire was reported on June 26th, 2014 on the Fort Apache agency near San Juan Flats and has since crossed over to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Check out this feature for information about suppression and other matters related to the fire. 


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Spotlights

What is a Pulaski?

Pulaski Tool

The Pulaski was invented in 1908 by Edward C. Pulaski.  Pulaski began working for the U.S. Forest Service in 1908.  

Soil primed to plant seedlings in Wallow Fire burned area near Greer & Milligan

Tree Growing Cone

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests began planting 150 acres of ponderosa pine seedlings in the Wallow Fire area 

 




How are ping pong balls used to help fight forest fires?

Ping pong ball up close

Firefighters use several different methods for fighting forest fires.  Once particular method is the “The ping pong aerial ignition method.” 

Wildfires Can Happen In ANY Season

Smokey Snowflake

The wet summer monsoon resulted in higher than normal grass growth, also known as fuel loading.  With the recent warm and dry weather, fuels may be dry enough to ignite.



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