A White Mountain Lake resident burning brush piles in his yard caused some concern among his neighbors on Nov. 16.
The flames from the burning brush were visible above the trees and house from certain vantage points. This caused neighbors to call 911 who alerted Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District (TMFMD).
The flames were being managed by the property owner, according to TMFMD Community Risk Manager Kirk Webb. "There were no people or structures at risk upon our arrival, said Webb. "The resident did have a burn permit but it wasn't the right kind of permit to burn that much brush."
Webb said that the resident also had people helping him tend to the fire pit and it was controlled when crews arrived. However, the basic burn permit allows for a brush pile burn of 3' x 3' x 3' but this fire was reportedly much larger.