10,000 Acre Prescribed Burn Springerville Ranger District

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10,000 Acre Prescribed Burn Springerville Ranger District

Springerville, AZ- November 2, 2018 – The Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plan to conduct a 10,000 acre prescribed fire operation Friday, Nov 2, 2018, in the Wallow West Prescribed area; Township, 7N, Range 28 East to Township 6N, Range 28 East. Ignition is dependent on the weather.

Yesterday’s successful 300-acre blackline reinforced the containment line for today’s 10,000 acres prescribed burn in the Wallow West Unit, 1A. The Wallow West Prescribed area project will help reduce the fuels from the Wallow Fire.

Once ignition occurs, crews will be on scene from ignition until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries. The burn may be canceled by fire managers if conditions become unfavorable.

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 a 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, stay indoors if possible.