SPRINGERVILLE — The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests conducted a pair of prescribed burns in the forest.
The first operation began May 27 and is an 84-acre burn in the Lakeside Ranger District. The burn was scheduled to be completed by June 2.
“This area is part of the Timber Mesa/Vernon Wildland Urban Interface project approved in 2012 just west of Ojo Bonito Estates, along Apache County Road 3163,” the service wrote.
“Smoke impacts are anticipated along U.S. Highway 60 and the developments around Timber Knoll and the Ojo Bonito Estates and the Community of Vernon.”
The next burn was scheduled for May 30 and was a 400-acre burn within the Black Mesa Ranger District in the Borrow Tank Block.
“This project is in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to provide forest restoration and health to the Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, antelope and other species that frequent the area,” the ANSF wrote.
For more information visit the district online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/.