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(Posted Aug. 31, 2011 at 4:45 p.m.) Fire specialists are currently managing two lightning-caused wildfires on the Globe Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest: the Frio Fire (750 acres), in the Pinal Mountain range, and the 650 Fire, which began Aug. 28 northwest of Superior in the Superstition Mountains on Montana Mountain.
The 650 Fire has moved into the Superstition wilderness area and is around 1,000 acres in size, spreading to the northeast. Smoke and flames from the 650 Fire may be visible to East Valley residents.
Personnel and equipment are assigned to these fires and fire management officials continue to be pleased with the fire behavior, direction and favorable weather conditions.
A burn-out on Madera around the electronics tower will be conducted later today on the Frio fire.
The Kellner fire in the Pinal Mountains is now contained.
Vistors and residents may see light-to-moderate smoke throughout the day, with the possibility of smoke drifting towards and settling in Globe and Miami.
Due to current weather conditions, including monsoon humidity, these lightning-caused fires can be allowed to play their natural role in the ecosystem.
Managed wildfires are monitored by fire specialists to meet resource benefits such as allowing them to burn naturally in fire-adapted ecosystems when it can been done safely, effectively and efficiently (pose no immediate risk to life, safety, property or resources).
A managed wildfire is started from a natural ignition, such as lightning. Wildfires that are human-caused cannot be classified as a managed wildfire. Managed wildfires are utilized to improve and benefit natural resources. Benefits to natural resources derived from a managed wildfire may include:
* Reduction of heavy fuel loading that diminishes the threat of catastrophic wildfire.
* Reintroduction of fire into the landscape to perform its historical role of cleaning the forest floor of dead and down vegetation, eliminating sickly trees, and generally keeping the ecosystem healthy.
* Raising the crown base height. The crown base simply means the lowest limbs on a individual tree that would allow a ground fire to climb into those limbs and transition the fire vertically up into the tree to create a crown fire.
* Recycling valuable nutrients back into the soil.
* Maintaining and improving wildlife habitat.
For further information, please call the Globe Ranger District at (928) 402-6200. Residents can also stay updated on prescribed fires at Tonto National Forest. To report a wildland fire, the fire emergency number is 866-746-6516, or dial 9-1-1.
(Source: Tonto National Forest)