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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Rx burn scheduled for Mesa del March 8

Payson, Ariz. (March 7, 2013) – A 100-acre prescribed fire operation is projected in the Mesa del Caballo area to remove scattered slash this Friday, dependent on weather conditions.

“This prescribed fire treatment depends completely on receiving rain. If it begins raining, we will start ignitions,” stated Payson Ranger District fire prevention officer Gary Roberts “If it doesn’t rain, we will not conduct prescribed fire treatments in the area that day.”
 
Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell heavy amounts of smoke during the one-day operation.

When fire operations begin, signs will be posted along roads that are likely to be affected by smoke. Motorists are urged to use caution while driving through these areas and to slow down for the safety of firefighters and the public. 

Prescribed fire treatments are always dependent on optimal weather conditions, such as fuel moisture content, temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, and other variables.

For further information, please call the Payson Ranger District at 928-474-7900.  Residents can also stay updated on prescribed fires at www.fs.usda.gov/tonto. 

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