Kaibab National Forest

Fire managers for the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest plan to ignite prescribed fires at various locations across the district as early as next week. These hazardous fuels reduction treatments may start as early as Tuesday. The specific prescribed fire units to be ignited will be chosen based on weather and fuel conditions. Areas that could be treated are as follows: 

Early this evening, fire managers announced plans to wrap up strategic firing and burn-out operations as the Labor Fire reached 429 acres today.

Type-4 Incident Commander Mike Epperson will assume command of the Labor Fire with a smaller organization tomorrow. Crews will monitor and patrol the area to ensure the fire remains within the planning area boundary.  Interior fuels will be allowed to consume further and light smoke will remain visible for up to several weeks; however, smoke impacts to the highway are anticipated to be minimal.

Fire behavior Friday continued as anticipated, resulting in a total of 341 acres on the Labor Fire. The day’s operations included strategic firing operations on interior ridgetops and along Highway 89A in order to reduce smoke impacts and lower fire spread intensities.

Saturdays, firefighters will continue ridgetop firing operations as needed and complete burn-out operations along Highway 89A to secure the southern planning-area boundary. They will continue monitoring fire behavior and weather conditions and implement strategic firing operations as needed.

Firefighters continued to see moderate growth on the Labor Fire, which is currently 272 acres. Today’s operations focused on conducting small-scale burnout operations along Forest Service Road 279 to secure the eastern portion of the 430-acre planning area boundary and continuing to monitor fire behavior and weather conditions.

“By conducting small-scale burnout operations along the 279, we were able to secure the eastern edge of the planning area today and minimize potential smoke impacts to Highway 89A,” said Type-4 Incident Commander trainee James Swapp.

On Sept. 5, North Zone firefighters discovered the Labor Fire approximately 3.5 miles northwest of Jacob Lake. Due to recent precipitation, this lightning-caused wildfire is slowly growing within the ponderosa pine vegetation located within the Jacob-Ryan Vegetation Management project area.

Fire managers intend to manage the wildfire within a 430-acre planning area for multiple objectives including reducing accumulated forest litter and fuels, improving wildlife habitat, protecting cultural resources, and increasing firefighter and visitor safety.

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