Pile Burning Slated for Christopher/Hunter Creek, and Myrtle Point Areas

Release Date: Aug 8, 2016  

Monday through Wednesday, August 8 – 10, 2016

Payson, Arizona, August 8, 2016—For Immediate Release.  Tonto National Forest fire specialists will take advantage of current weather conditions to burn 40 acres of vegetative debris piles along Colcord Road in the Christopher/Hunter Creek areas, starting Monday, August 8, 2016, and 273 acres of vegetative debris piles in the Myrtle Point area on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 9 – 10, 2016.

Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate to heavy amounts of smoke during burning operations.  To minimize the impact of smoke, fire specialists will terminate ignitions by 2 p.m. each day.  Signs will be posted on roads likely to be affected by smoke.  Motorists are urged to use caution and slow down for the safety of firefighters and the public.

Smoke from the Christopher/Hunter Creek pile burning will impact the communities of Gordon Canyon Estates, Colcord Estates, and Ponderosa Springs.  Lingering smoke from Christopher/Hunter Creek Burn will move down the Gordon Canyon Corridor and Haigler Creek at night.  Residual smoke may linger in the area through Friday, August 12, 2016.

Smoke from the Myrtle Point pile burning will be visible to the Payson Community, and will impact the communities of La Cienega Ranch, Ellison Creek Estates and summer homes.  Smoke from the Myrtle Creek pile burning will move down the Ellison Creek drainage and the East Verde River corridor at night.  Residual smoke from the Myrtle Creek burn may ling in the area through August 14, 2016.

Prescribed fire treatments are always dependent on conditions such as wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture content, and other variables.  Prescribed fire gives land managers the important option of treating areas with fire under favorable conditions, which helps to protect the natural and cultural resources, while decreasing danger to the public and firefighters.