Tonto National Forest burning piles near Vista Verde

PHOENIX—February 11, 2019,—Fire specialists from the Tonto National Forest plan to burn approximately 143 acres of piles on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 12, and February 13, 2019, near the Vista Verde subdivision.  The piles are located on national forest from 136th Street to 170th Street, north of Rio Verde/Dynamite Drive.

Residents and visitors in the area should expect to see and smell light-to-moderate amounts of smoke and flames during burning operation.  Forest officials urge motorists to use caution and slow down while driving through these areas for the safety of firefighters and the public.

The purpose of this fuels reduction work is to remove left over slash from thinning operations during a time when conditions are favorable.  This thinning effort is intended to lower the threat of high-severity, high-intensity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property and natural resources in the Wildland Urban Interface area that surrounds the communities.

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