Test burn aims to accelerate forest restoration, reduce wildfires
SRP is exploring the feasibility of using forest debris as a supplemental fuel at its Coronado Generating Station (CGS) in St. Johns, Arizona, to improve the health of Arizona’s forests and watersheds.
CGS workers are scheduled to test burn more than 2,600 tons – or about 250 acres – of forest debris biomass at the plant over a 20-day period beginning in the fall or early winter.
How you can help promote forest health
Just as firefighters managed to contain the Tenderfoot wildfire near Yarnell in northwest Arizona this month, the focus has turned to the growing Cedar Creek wildfire in Eastern Arizona.
This latest wildfire is raging near Show Low area, prompting evacuations in the small community of Forestdale, and preparations for the same in the surrounding communities, including Pinetop-Lakeside.
Many Valley dwellers don’t realize how much of a direct impact wildfires can have on them – from the air we breathe to the water we drink. Experts say they believe the Tenderfoot wildfire was human-caused.
SRP will plant 5,800 trees to celebrate the record-breaking 58 TDs scored by the Arizona Cardinals this season
Congratulations to the Arizona Cardinals on clinching the NFC West division with a spectacular regular season. Along the way, the Cardinals scored 58 touchdowns — a new franchise record for the regular season! As a result, Salt River Project will plant 5,800 trees to help restore Arizona National Forests destroyed by fire.
For the past three seasons, SRP has pledged to fund the planting of 100 Ponderosa Pine trees for every Cardinals’ touchdown scored during regular season play through the Trees for Change program.
As Arizona fire season heats up, check these resources and reminders to stay safe and informed.
Even though the 2015 Arizona fire season has been pretty mild thus far, over the past 24 hours we’ve seen a flare up in activity. Specifically, the Kearny River Fire – burning about 90 minutes east of the Valley – has surged into our most significant fire of the season.
While this fire has not affected our system – which remains stable – we’re monitoring the Kearny River Fire closely with SRP crews in the area to help out. It’s one of the many ways we work with fire departments and emergency responders to keep everyone safe in the communities we serve.