Fuel Reduction

Fuel reduction efforts in the Pine/Strawberry community including brush pick-up.

Fire danger has grown enormously in recent years for the entire Rim Country. Tree density has changed from 3-10 trees per acre in 1900 to, in areas, over 1000 per acre today.  Many of the largest wildfires in Arizona’s history have impacted this area, including the Willow (119,500 acres), the Cave Creek Complex (248,310 acres), and the Edge Complex (71,624 acres).  

Each year more than 150 wildfires are reported in the Rim Country from lightning strikes or human carelessness, each one capable of economic devastation and loss of life and property.

Our ability to live safely in this fire environment depends greatly on pre-fire activities taken by residents to protect lives and property.  Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc. has a history of active participation in wildfire prevention programs and activities (learn more about PSFR…).

Latest News on Fuel Reduction

  • 2015 Pine/Strawberry Fuel Reduction Roadside Brush And Leaf Bag Pick-Up - This program is for do-it-yourself property owners who do not have a truck or trailer to be able to remove thinned brush from their property. Download the schedule and guidelines (all residents received a copy in their mailbox). NO CONTRACTORS BRUSH PILES WILL BE PICKED UP. Only green waste will be picked up- brush, branches,...
  • First Fuel Bank Project - This was the first project The Pine Strawberry Fuels Reduction Committee took on.  The Committee, consisting of Mike Brandt, Al Christianer, Mark Fumusa, Tom Hadley, Clark Helmkamp, Sherry Machemer, Andy Ooms, Christy Powers, Walt Smith, Toni Sorel, Arvid Thompson and David Ward, developed and spearheaded this project to fund maintenance of the fuel break on...
  • Fuel Break Seeding - The fuel break that surrounds Pine and Strawberry is in constant need of mechanical clearing to keep it an effective tool for combating a fire either entering or leaving the community.  This constant clearing is not cost effective nor does it accomplish the restoration of the native ecosystem that is truly the answer in safeguarding...
  • Help Bring Back The Brush Pick-Up Program - THE PINE/STRAWBERRY FUEL REDUCTION COMMITTEE NEEDS YOUR HELP TO BRING BACK A BRUSH PICK UP PROGRAM! Pine/Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc. is starting a donation drive to raise the money necessary to bring back a brush pick up program.  Grants for this type of program are no longer available.  If successful, P/SFR will team with the...
  • Arrowhead Canyon Fuel Break - The Payson Ranger District has been working steadily to create and maintain fuel breaks in the area.  They recently partnered with Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc., to thin 77 untreated acres south of Pine.  When PSFR raised enough private sector funds from the community to complete approximately half of the project, the Payson Ranger District...

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  1. Do you have any plans to pick-up utility trailers full of fire fuel? I have a 6X8 utility trailer made from an old pick-up truck. I usually fill it with tree limbs and pine needles about twice a year. My problem is that I have trouble unloading it, which must be done by hand. Please let me know if you would be interested in helping me. Otherwise I will have to hire someone to assist.
    Thank-you
    Dennis Wood

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