Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Los Burros Prescribed Burn Smoke Affecting Beaver Creek Air Quality
Redrock Ranger Station reports that the smoke today is due to a prescribed burn near Springerville.  Strong winds from that direction have carried the smoke to the Verde Valley.
News Release: Lakeside Ranger District plans Los Burros Prescribed Burn

Release Date: Dec 13, 2017  

Springerville, AZ, December 13, 2017 - For Immediate Release. The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District will be conducting a 442 acre prescribed burn within the Sepulveda unit of the Los Burros broadcast burn area beginning on 12/14 and continuing through 12/15 if weather conditions allow.  

The Sepulveda Unit is about five miles south of Vernon, along Forest Service Road (FSR) 96, and is surrounded by FSR 6, FSR 6H and FSR 96B.

Ignition may last several days, with daily smoke impact anticipated within area drainages. Smoke will be visible in the local area, from Arizona State Highway 260, and U.S. Highway 60, in Round Valley, Vernon and Show Low. In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the prescribed fire burn units as firefighters and fire-related traffic may be in the area