North Zone fire managers plan to conduct a prescribed burn within the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest as early as Thursday, June 1, if weather, fuel moistures, air quality and smoke dispersion remain favorable for meeting both forest health and public safety goals and objectives.
Kaibab National Forest
Crews plan to begin working on two prescribed burns near Tusayan beginning Tuesday and will likely continue burning for several days providing weather conditions remain favorable for meeting forest health objectives and smoke dispersion.
Ignitions will occur tomorrow on 250 acres of slash piles on the Flying J prescribed fire project located just west of Grand Canyon airport. On Wednesday operations will shift to the Reed prescribed fire project where fire officials hope to treat approximately 600 acres using a broadcast burn. This unit is located about 6 miles east of Tusayan.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. that covers the entire Kaibab National Forest, the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest, as well as much of Arizona, due to strong winds and low relative humidity.
A red flag warning is in effect from noon today through 7 p.m. this evening due to strong winds and low relative humidity on the Kaibab National Forest.
Spring can be a fickle time of year for the Kaibab National Forest. Some roads are still impassable due to snow and mud, while others are wide open. Dormant foliage is either beginning to green up or dry out, and high winds are working overtime to create new potential pockets of tinder for the upcoming wildfire season.
North Zone fire managers plan to resume pile burning in the vicinity of the Arizona Department of Transportation Maintenance facility near Jacob Lake starting as early as Monday.
Pile burning is one piece of the ongoing hazardous fuels reduction efforts of the Plateau Facilities Fire Protection Project on approximately 5,000 acres surrounding 33 structures across the Kaibab Plateau. Fire managers plan to initially target 25 acres of piles and continue throughout the week as conditions allow.
Pending favorable weather conditions, North Zone fire managers plan to burn approximately 75 acres of hand piles near the Arizona Department of Transportation Maintenance Yard north of Highway 89A approximately 1.5 miles north of the Jacob Lake Lodge on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest as early as tomorrow.
Fire managers plan to burn piles on the Tusayan and Williams ranger districts of the Kaibab National Forest tomorrow and Friday. The piles are the result of forest restoration efforts, and the goal of burning them is to further reduce fuels that could feed high-intensity wildfire.
Tusayan Ranger District
North Zone fire managers on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park plan to conduct additional hazardous fuels reduction treatments within the Tipover East prescribed fire burn unit as early as Tuesday.
Fire managers with the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest plan to conduct two large prescribed fire projects over the next two weeks beginning tomorrow south of Williams and then moving to Pitman Valley west of Parks.