Pile Burning Planned on Alpine Ranger District



U.S. Forest Service
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
30 S Chiricahua Drive
Springerville, AZ 85938


Twitter: @A_SNFs





News Release

 Media Contact: Iris Estes



Pile Burning Planned on Alpine Ranger District


Springerville, AZ, July 19, 2018 -- For Immediate Release-- the Alpine Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plans to conduct prescribed fire operations on July 19 and 20. The pile burning area is 350 acres and located adjacent to Forest Road 8056 on Hulsey Bench, as well as the Alpine burn pit, which is located on Forest Road 281 on the Blue River Road.

Burning piles in this area will provide protection from the effects of future high severity fires. The burn may be canceled by fire managers if conditions become unfavorable.

Ignitions will occur throughout both mornings to minimize the adverse effects of smoke on the local communities and highways. Smoke may be visible from Alpine, Nutrioso, Tal-Wi-Wi, and Arizona State Highway 180/191. Motorists are advised to drive safely when approaching areas where prescribed fire activities may limit visibility and hinder fire personnel operations.


All prescribed burns are approved through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) before ignition begins. The ADEQ monitors air quality and determines whether or not it will be a good day for smoke dispersion. Although smoke from the prescribed fire can still be noticeable, it is usually for a shorter time and considerably less smoke than wildfires produce. If you are sensitive to smoke or have respiratory problems, please stay indoors if possible.


Questions or concerns contact the Alpine Ranger District at 928-339-5000 or visit the ASNFs website at www.fs.usda.gov/asnf