Controlled burn gets out of hand (Mt. Graham)
Eastern Arizona Courier
Published on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 3:44 PM MST
What started out as a controlled burn has been windswept into five times the intended size and is being fought by Hot Shot crews.
The burn, conducted by the U.S. Forest Service-Safford Ranger District, was intended to eradicate sweet resin bush on around 100 acres on Frye Mesa. Heavy afternoon winds fueled the fire to jump its lines, and it has since grown to approximately 500 acres.
In addition to the Hot Shot crews on the ground, helicopters are making water dumping runs as well.
An unofficial comment from a representative of the Forest Service said it appears that the fire has worked itself into a pocket of rocks and is hopeful to have it contained by this evening.
hikeaz wrote:I believe that the new, improved terminology is PRESCRIBED burn
joe bartels wrote:Hopefully that wiped out the fire???
Since Preston didn't post last night I'll assume he was out throwing dirt clods at government facilities.
hikeaz wrote:As in all things Gub'ment, if they fail at something, they just rename it and the unwitting public will buy it again. In that vain, I believe that the new, improved terminology is PRESCRIBED burn.
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