Black Mesa Ranger Dist. Planning Prescribed Burn May 12, 2019

HEBER, AZ, May 9, 2019 — Black Mesa Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will be conducting prescribed burns within the Rodeo/Chediski Prescribed Burn area from May 12, 2019 and continuing through June 15, 2019, as weather conditions allow.

The burn area will include Forest Roads 139, FR 46, and FR 9850E around the Ricochet Ranch area. The primary burn blocks will encompass approximately 1,955 acres.

Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. This prescribed fire is a follow up to previous mechanical treatments within parts of the units and within the old burn scar from Rodeo/Chediski Fire in 2002. It provides habitat diversity, recycles plant nutrients into the soil and encourages new growth for a variety of plants used by wildlife and livestock. Prescribed burning of forest ground fuels also reduces the threat of large scale wildfire impacts to private lands.

This project is in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to provide forest restoration and health to the Rocky Mountain Elk, mule deer, antelope and other species that frequent the area.

Once ignition occurs, crews will be on scene from ignition until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries.

Questions or concerns, please contact Greg Olmstead, Fuels Assistant Fire Management Officer for the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests at 928-535-7332 (work)  or 928-245-8660 (cell) at or visit the ASNFs website at: or join the conversation on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @A_SNFs