Grand Canyon National Park

Fire managers for the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest (NF) started treatment on the 475-acre Russell prescribed fire this morning.

The Russell fire boundaries are located near Forest Road 311 and 311A to the west, and Forest Road 310RC to the east.

A portion of the Arizona Trail is also within the prescribed fire area. That particular section of the trail will remain open, but visitors should exercise caution when traveling through the area.

National Park Service fire managers anticipate initiating a prescribed fire near Shoshone Point Monday, Dec. 7, as weather and fuel moisture conditions allow.

The 75-acre area that fire managers plan to treat is located east of Grand Canyon Village, between Yaki and Shoshone points, and is comprised primarily of ponderosa pine, pinyon pine, and juniper. In support of the prescribed fire, managers will close Shoshone Point and the project area to all vehicle, bicycle, foot, and mule traffic from noon on December 7 to 8 a.m. December 8.

Fire managers and staff from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona Strip District, Grand Canyon National Park and Lake Mead National Recreation Area continue firefighting efforts on the Mt. Emma Fire today. The lightning-caused fire located 75 miles southeast of St. George, Utah is approximately 4,000 acres in size as of June 29, 2015.

The fire began June 24, 2015 at 4:40 p.m. on the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. On June 25, 2015 the fire burned into Grand Canyon National Park where it continues to burn.

National Park Service (NPS) fire managers have postponed ignition of the Shoshone Prescribed Fire Unit due to precipitation over the project area.

Plans for each burn unit contain a set of parameters which define the desired weather and fuel conditions under which a prescribed fire can be initiated. As the recent rainfall has moved the unit out of prescription for implementation, the project has been postponed until it is back in prescription.

National Park Service (NPS) fire managers anticipate initiating prescribed fire treatment for the Shoshone Rx during the week of April 27 as weather and fuel moisture conditions allow.

The Shoshone Point Rx is within the developed area on the South Rim, is 1,035 acres in size and comprised primarily of pinon juniper and ponderosa pine. Objectives specific to the Shoshone Rx include improving the defensible space in the Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI) within the South Rim developed area.

Effective immediately, fire managers are raising the fire danger rating to “moderate” across the Williams Ranger District, Tusayan Ranger District and the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

The fire danger rating on the North Kaibab Ranger District and the North Zone of the Grand Canyon National Park remain low, but North Zone fire managers are continuously monitoring conditions on the Kaibab Plateau and will increase fire danger levels to moderate when appropriate.

Kaibab National Forest fire managers plan to conduct a prescribed burn this week just northwest of Tusayan in order to remove accumulated pine needles and light, scattered slash that was generated during recent thinning projects.

Implementation of the 242-acre Flying J prescribed burn could begin as early as tomorrow and continue through Saturday, if weather conditions are appropriate. Fire managers are looking for northeast winds that will carry low-intensity fire through the area and push smoke to the southwest and away from Tusayan and the Grand Canyon National Park.


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