Springerville Ranger District Wallow West Prescribed Burn Scheduled

Map of burn area

Springerville Ranger District Wallow West Prescribed Burn Scheduled

Springerville, AZ- November, 15, 2018 – The Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plan to conduct a 3,000 acre prescribed fire operation Monday, Nov 19, 2018 and Nov 20, 2018 in the Wallow West Prescribed area; Township ,7N, Range 28 East to Township 6N, Range 28 East. Ignition is dependent on the weather. The remaining 3,000 acres is part of the Wallow West Unit 1 project previously blacklined on Nov 2, 2018.

The Wallow West Prescribed area project will help reduce fuels from the Wallow Fire. Ignition is weather dependent. 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 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.

Questions or concerns contact the Springerville Ranger District at 928-333-6200 or visit the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest's website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf.