The Bureau of Land Management’s Arizona Strip District is planning prescribed burning operations to burn cut and piled invasive vegetation removed as part of an ongoing riparian restoration project in the Kanab Creek drainage, located 30 miles south of Fredonia, Arizona.
Burning may occur over multiple days starting in November 2023 and could last through late March 2024, if weather and fuel conditions allow. The riparian restoration project works to enhance wildlife habitat and protect cultural and natural resources.
Visitors to this region of the Arizona Strip may see some light smoke during the burn operation. Smoke emissions will be managed in accordance with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality regulations.
Prescribed burns must meet strict weather-related and environmental factors prior to ignition. BLM Arizona Strip District fire staff will monitor on-site weather and fuel conditions and manage prescribed fire activity, before, during and after ignition operations.
No local road closures are expected but public access may be restricted during ignition to ensure public safety. Signs will be posted to notify the public. Please use caution when traveling near the project area. If a member of the public is intending to camp, hunt, or recreate on the Arizona Strip, they are advised to call the BLM public lands information center at 435-688-3200, for information on potential prescribed fires in the area.
Funding for this prescribed burn came from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021. The legislation provides funds for fuel treatments to help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and improve wildlife habitat and restoration of the riparian area.
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