(Posted April 27, 2012 at 2:10 p.m.) The Springerville Ranger District of the Apache National Forest is planning a broadcast burn the week of April 30-May 4, weather permitting.
The location of the broadcast burn is north of Green’s Peak Hideaways and Atascacita Springs. To see the map go to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests website.
Fuels are in light to moderate grass with scattered pockets of ponderosa pine. Smoke should be light to moderate with minimal impact upon local communities.
The Atascacita is a 1,488-acre grassland restoration project started in 2009 in cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Habitat Partnership Committee. The purpose of the project is to restore elk winter range habitat in areas that have been encroached upon by ponderosa pine and juniper.
Approximately 1,042 acres have been thinned using local contractors, AZ State Forestry crews, and U.S. Forest Service Fire crews. In the past two years approximately 550 acres have been prescribed burned or prepped for burning, and 900 acres are scheduled to be burned the next couple weeks to complete the project.
Contact Rusty Bigelow, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Springerville District, Assistant Fire Management Officer/Fuels Specialist at 928-333-6247 with questions regarding this project.
(Source: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests)