Pleasant Valley Ranger District Prescribed Burns

Prescribed Burns are being carried out starting today and ending Jan. 28th, along the Pleasant Valley Ranger District, near Young. The plan:

“Fire specialists will burn 110 acres of vegetative debris piles in and around Nail Ranch.

Residents and visitors to Nail Ranch area can expect to see and smell light-to-moderate amounts of smoke during the five-day operation. Smoke will impact these two communities during the day. During the evening, smoke will affect Frog Pond and Nail Ranch as well as Q Ranch due to cold, inert winter air.

To minimize the impact of smoke from each operation, fire specialists will terminate ignitions by 3 p.m. Light-to-moderate smoke may linger near both operations through Jan. 30.

The Forest Service will post signs on roads likely to be affected by smoke. Officials urge motorists to use extreme caution while driving thru these areas and to slow down for the safety of firefighters and the public.

The Forest Service conducts prescribed burns to reduce the build-up of hazardous fuel loads such as leaf litter, grasses, and shrubs to prevent the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Additionally, these burns restore natural ecological systems and landscapes, and develop and foster sustainable forest conditions, wildlife habitat, and watersheds.

For more information contact the Payson Ranger District office at (928) 474-7900.”