Thatcher conducts wastewater facility burn

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: An inmate ignites the reeds of the Thatcher wastewater wetlands in this file photo.

By Jon Johnson

THATCHER – There has been a lot of smoke from wildland fires popping up near Thatcher recently, but today’s smoke was the common annual occurrence of burning the reeds of its wastewater wetlands treatment system. 

The annual cleansing of the Thatcher wastewater plant facility by burning the plant’s reeds appeared to go as planned.

Contributed File Photo/Courtesy Chip Griffin-Mainly Productions: The Thatcher Fire Department normally oversees the annual reed burning. A BLM firetruck showed up at the site today. 

Thatcher utilizes a reed bed sewage treatment system that needs to be burned every year. At other times, the area serves as wetlands for migrating birds.

This video taken by Chip Griffin in 2015 shows how the reed burning operation takes place. Video courtesy Chip Griffin