April News Round-up


Dripping Springs Fire, which has burned 100 acres near Pine AZ is 90% contained. The fire started early morning Monday [4/27] about six miles east of Pine.

AZ Central has the story here.

Started by a campfire. We’re not going to make it to Memorial Day without fire restrictions.

Forest thinning – to mitigate these sort of fires – has been practiced in varying degrees for years, but now the Forest Service is getting serious about it – preparing bid solicitations to thin out 300,000 acres over five national forests, including the Tonto.

Your stimilus dollars at work – eventually: Payson got the preliminary go-ahead from the Tonto NFS to build a pipeline from Blue Ridge Resevoir on top of the Mogollon Rim, along the banks of the East Verde River, to the town of Payson. The Forest Service clearance allows them to, well, get on with the other studies.

British mining conglomerate Resolution Copper wants to mine through and around an 3,000 acre parcel of the Tonto that includes the popular state campground “Oak Flats”. This campground is the nearest established campground to Phoenix that’s above 3500′. It is also popular with rock climbers.

In return, Resolution is donating 5000 acres of land (old ranches) they own to the Feds, though none of those parcels (as far as I can tell) are near the Tonto. This has been hotly contested by the climbing community, but it is probably a done deal.

$2500 reward if you know who shot the bats in an abandoned mine near the Peralta Trailhead.

Walking away from your mortage? Tonto is looking for campgroud caretakers for the summer.

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