Visitors to GC-Parashant National Monument should expect to encounter wildland firefighters conducting prescribed fires June 1 to June 30. Parashant is located on the Arizona Strip just west of Toroweap in Grand Canyon National Park to the Nevada state line. The burns will take place in a remote part of the monument a few miles southeast of Mt. Dellenbaugh along the NPS1203 Kelly Point road. Specific dates cannot be provided; controlled fires are dependent on forecasted weather conditions and the national wildland fire season preparedness levels.
Prescribed fires are used by land managers as a tool for ecosystem management and the control of hazardous fuels accumulation to prevent larger catastrophic fires. Fire was chosen by the National Park Service as the preferred tool to return forests to a healthy state due to its naturalistic touch on the landscape instead of larger mechanical apparatus that may have damaging effects to the landscape and wildlife. The Kelly Point area has not seen fire for decades and vegetation has reached unhealthy levels. Fire will consume this excess vegetation and return the landscape to a healthier vegetation density. This will also increase growth of new forage that is beneficial for animals such as mule deer.
Visitors in the area should anticipate smoke in the area and firefighting vehicles such as fire engines and side by sides. While the Kelly Point area, including NPS1203, is not closed during firefighting operations, visitors are encouraged to explore other areas of Parashant such as Twin Point or Mt. Trumbull to avoid smoke and road congestion. Smoke warning signs will be placed along Mohave County Road 103 and NPS1203 to alert visitors that they will be entering the prescribed fire area.
See attached map for areas anticipated to be treated in June. The specific locations are Kelly West, located approximately five miles southeast of Mt Dellenbaugh between Green Springs and Ambush pockets along NPS1203, and Kelly East, located approximately seven miles south of Yellow John Mountain immediately south of Ambush Pockets.
For further information on the prescribed fires please call the Grand Canyon Parashant Fire Management information line at 702-293-8678.