Shoofly Ruins north of Payson, AZ (Prescribed Fire)

Tonto National Forest fire specialists plan to conduct a 1,247-acre prescribed fire treatment in the Shoofly ruins area north of Payson from Monday, November 13, through Thursday, November 16, 2017. The prescribed fire will eliminate timber slash, dead and down woody debris, grass and brush. The treatment will take place on the east side of Houston Mesa Road (Forest Road 199). During the day, smoke will impact Houston Mesa Road as well as the following communities: Freedom Acres, Beaver Valley, Whispering Pines and Cold Springs. During evening hours, residual smoke will impact the communities of Star Valley, Payson, Diamond Point Shadows, Flowing Springs, East Verde Estates and Mesa del Caballo. Smoke may linger in these areas through Sunday, November 19, 2017. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke during the prescribed fire treatment. To minimize the impact of smoke, fire personnel will end ignitions each day by 3 p.m. Signs will...

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