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Forest Services Announces Prescribed Fire Treatment for Mt. Ord Area

For Immediate Release                              Contact: Tonto Basin Ranger District         

October 29, 2013                                                                                   928-467-3200     

Prescribed fire treatment planned for Mt Ord area

Begins Wednesday Nov. 6 , for approximately 10 days throughout the month of November.

Roosevelt, Ariz. (October 29, 2013) –A prescribed fire treatment on Mt. Ord is planned beginning Wednesday Nov. 6. 

The operation, which includes 1,100 acres of ponderosa pine and 900 acres of chaparral, may last up to 10 days throughout the month of November.

Smoke may impact Tonto Basin, Hwy 87, Sunflower, and the Deer Creek-Rye areas.

Smoke may be visible from Phoenix, Fountain Hills, Tonto Basin, Roosevelt, Sunflower, Payson, and the Deer Creek-Rye areas.

The Deer Camp campgrounds (dispersed camping area) at the top of Mt. Ord will be closed.

“The treatment goal is to reduce fuel loading and to lessen the chance for catastrophic wildfire. Maintenance prescribed burning is part of an ongoing process to restore a more natural fire regime to a fire-dependent ecosystem,” stated Brad Johnson, district fire specialist. 

“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, and must receive approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ),” concluded Johnson.

For further information, please call the Tonto Basin Ranger District at 928-467-3200.  Residents can also stay updated on the Tonto National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/tonto