As part of the Tonto National Forest’s ongoing strategy to restore the health of the landscape and reduce catastrophic wildfire danger in Rim County, fire specialists will conduct prescribed fire treatments on 758 acres south of Payson, starting on Monday, January 29, and continuing through Friday, February 2, 2018. The treatment areas are located south of the Payson Golf Course, north of Oxbow Estates, southwest of Granite Dells, south of Round Valley, and north of Jim Jones Shooting Range.
Fire Managers on the south zone of the Kaibab National Forest will continue with pile burning on the Tusayan Ranger District this week and are expecting to complete an additional 429 acres west of the Grand Canyon Airport by Friday.
Typically, pile burning produces far less smoke than broadcast burning with less impacts to adjacent communities. Piles consume quickly and have little to no spread potential with recent snow accumulation on the ground. Burn days are always chosen based on current weather conditions that are optimal for ventilation and dispersion of residual smoke.
Tonto National Forest fire specialists plan to conduct a 1,247-acre prescribed fire treatment in the Shoofly ruins area north of Payson from Monday, November 13, through Thursday, November 16, 2017.
The prescribed fire will eliminate timber slash, dead and down woody debris, grass and brush.
Ignition operations on the Wildhorse prescribed fire (Wildhorse Rx) were completed today. As a result, smoke from the prescribed burn is expected to result in more favorable smoke dispersion over the weekend. Fire managers estimate that approximately 2,813 acres of hazardous fuels have been treated since the project began this week on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.
Over the weekend, resources will remain onsite and continue to monitor and patrol the Wildhorse and Tipover East prescribed fire projects.
Operations on the Wildhorse prescribed fire (Wildhorse Rx) continue to progress. Fire managers estimate that approximately 1,000 acres of hazardous fuels have been treated since the project began yesterday on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.
National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) fire managers, working together as the North Zone Interagency Fire Management Program, anticipate initiating more prescribed fire (Rx) treatments as early as Wednesday as weather and fuel moisture conditions allow on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.
Unseasonably warm and dry weather conditions in northern Arizona have presented a unique opportunity for Fire Managers on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest to successfully treat just under 9000 acres of densely forested area with prescribed fire over the month of October.
The Green Base Prescribed Fire project which is 9836 acres in size is nearly complete and officials expect to finish the final two blocks totaling 769 acres in one more day of ignitions.
National Park Service wildland firefighters are conducting prescribed fires starting as early as September 20th until as late as October 31, 2017. Specific dates cannot be provided as these prescribed fires are dependent on weather and other factors. Visitors to the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument may encounter National Park Service firefighters or see smoke columns. Visitors should anticipate possible temporary area closures, smoke, and firefighting equipment on roads such as fire engines, UTV’s, ATV’s, and helicopters.
Yesterday fire crews completed ignitions on the Jacob Ryan North prescribed fire Basin Unit tying together the edge of the unit boundary. No significant smoke impacts were observed last night or today, and approximately 3,764 acres have been treated on this prescribed burn since the large-scale ignitions began on Saturday.
“Ignitions on the unit are complete and observed fire behavior is meeting our objectives,” said Burn Boss Dave Robinson. Those objectives included reducing forest fuels across the unit from 10-to-15 tons-per-acre to approximately 5 tons-per-acre.