Tonto schedules prescribed fire near Whispering Pines

Release Date: Nov 9, 2018  

PAYSON, Ariz. Nov. 9, 2018—For Immediate Release.  Tonto National Forest fire managers plan to conduct a broadcast prescribed fire north of Payson beginning November 13 and concluding November 14. The Verde project will involve 1,002 acres off of Forest Road 32 between Whispering Pines and the Rim Trail.

Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell light to moderate amounts of smoke during the two-day operation. Smoke will likely impact Washington Park, Rim Trail, Verde Glen, Whispering Pines, Beaver Valley, Flowing Springs, and E. Verde Estates. Residual smoke may linger for several days. To minimize the impact of smoke, fire personnel will end ignitions each day by 3 p.m.

Signs will be posted on roads likely to be affected by smoke. Forest officials urge motorists to use caution and slow down while driving these roads for the safety of the public and firefighters.

This will be the Tonto’s third broadcast prescribed fire for this area. Prescribed fires serve an essential role in forest restoration. They are used to improve forest health, reduce hazardous fuels, restore nutrients and protect communities.

The burns are conducted within a “prescription” that is determined by appropriate fuel moisture, temperature, humidity, wind, and ventilation.  The weather forecast during the planned burn projects cool temperatures with a zero percent chance of precipitation.