Continuation of Prescribed Burn in the Wallow West Burn Area

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Continuation of Prescribed Burn in the Wallow West Burn Area

Springerville, AZ- November, 27, 2018 – The Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plan to continue with prescribed burn operations within the Wallow West Unit 1A area operation Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018; Township ,7N, Range 28 East to Township 6N, Range 28 East. The remaining 1,000 acres is part of the burn block encompassing approximately 10,141 acres of which 9,000 acres have already been completed. 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: