The Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations February 7 and 8. The district plans to burn two units, totaling approximately 220 acres, in the vicinity of Whiting Homestead. Personnel will remain on scene monitoring the burn through the weekend as needed.

Ignitions will occur throughout the morning to minimize the adverse effects of smoke on the local communities. Smoke will be visible from Round Valley, Arizona State Highway 260, U.S. Highway 60 and along Forest Road 117. Motorists are advised to drive safely when approaching areas where prescribed fire activities may limit visibility and hinder fire personnel operations.

All prescribed burns are approved through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) before ignition begins. The ADEQ monitors air quality and determines whether or not it will be a good day for smoke dispersion. Although smoke from prescribed fire can still be noticeable, it is usually for a shorter time and considerably less smoke than wildfires produce. If you are sensitive to smoke or have respiratory problems, stay indoors if possible.

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