National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) fire managers plan to initiate a prescribed fire for 50 acres of a predominantly ponderosa pine stand within Grand Canyon National Park tomorrow, May 7.
The approximately 50-acre area is in Grand Canyon Village between Center and Market Plaza roads, just west of Mather Campground. Smoke will be visible from Grand Canyon Village and Arizona Highway 64. Visitors and residents may see fire personnel and vehicles in the vicinity. Please drive slowly, turn on headlights, follow traffic control signs and directions, and avoid stopping in areas where fire personnel are working.
This prescribed fire is part of the annual readiness review for wildland fire crews from Grand Canyon National Park and the Tusayan District of the Kaibab National Forest. The review is designed to assist the NPS and USFS wildland fire crews prepare for and operate during wildfire season.
Prescribed fires play an important role in decreasing risks to life, resources, and property. Fire managers carefully plan prescribed fires, initiating them only under environmental conditions that are favorable to assuring firefighter and visitor safety and to achieving the desired objectives.
Prescribed fire objectives include reducing accumulations of hazard fuels, maintaining the natural role of fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem, and protection of sensitive cultural and natural resources.