No dumping in Moonset Pit for now - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

No dumping in Moonset Pit for now

Posted: Updated:
CBS 5 CBS 5
WILLIAMS, AZ (CBS5) -

Residents should stop using Moonset Pit to dump garbage and natural, woody debris until the area reopens this spring, Kaibab National Forest authorities said.

The pit, which is located on National Forest land west of Parks, is open on specific dates every spring, summer and fall for community members to dispose of natural, woody materials that could fuel a wildfire on their property.

The material in the pit is then burned each winter. Adding debris on top of the smoldering ashes is a fire hazard and has resulted in the pile reigniting in previous years, according to Kaibab National Forest spokeswoman Jacqueline Banks.

Moonset Pit is a service offered to the public by the Kaibab National Forest and the communities of Parks and Sherwood Forest Estates, in coordination with the Rural Communities Fuels Management Partnership.

The pit is staffed and open to the public on specific dates only. At all other times, dumping materials into the pit is illegal.

"Over the last three years, we have had to respond to fires in the pit because of people illegally dumping on top of the burned pile," said Dave Bales, assistant fire management officer for the Williams Ranger District. "The pit will reopen to the public in the spring. Until then, nobody should be using the pit to dispose of materials."

The Kaibab National Forest will release the 2013 Moonset Pit schedule sometime this spring.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Report: Blood-alcohol level for Nacogdoches man killed in accident almost 3 times legal limit

    Report: Blood-alcohol level for Nacogdoches man killed in accident almost 3 times legal limit

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:46:34 GMT
    A toxicology report on a Angelina College professor who was killed after his car struck another vehicle head-on on State Highway 7, just east of the Nacogdoches city limits back in May revealed that his blood-alcohol level was .230 at the time of the accident.More >>
    A toxicology report on a Angelina College professor who was killed after his car struck another vehicle head-on on State Highway 7, just east of the Nacogdoches city limits back in May revealed that his blood-alcohol level was .230 at the time of the accident.More >>
  • Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:20:32 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
  • Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:36:40 GMT
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
KTRE logo

KTRE

358 TV Road,
Pollok TX 75969

FCC Public File
publicfile@ktre.com
936-853-8639
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTRE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.