The National Park Service will be conducting prescribed pile burns on December 17-20th at Walnut Canyon National Monument. These piles are small hand piles which will be closely monitored to ensure good consumption and minimal smoke impact. The piles are located between the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center and U. S. Forest Road 303.
Smoke may be visible in the developed area of Walnut Canyon, the Walnut Canyon access road and USFS road 303. The Island Trail and Rim Trail are anticipated to remain open to visitors, however temporary closures may be enacted if smoke conditions dictate.
If there are any questions regarding the planned ignitions please contact Chief Ranger, Craig Janicki at 928-526-3367.
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 natural and cultural resources.
Walnut Canyon National Monument is located 7.5 miles east of downtown Flagstaff via I-40 and can be reached at (928) 526-3367 and on the web atwww.nps.gov/waca. Wupatki National Monument is 37 miles north of Flagstaff via Hwy 89, and can be reached at (928) 679-2365 andwww.nps.gov/wupa. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is located 12 miles north of Flagstaff via Hwy 89 and can be reached at (928)526-0502 and www.nps.gov/sucr.