Tusayan

Fire crews are scheduled to continue burning a 250 acre unit on the Reed Prescribed Fire project beginning Thursday of this week near the Grand Canyon Airport southwest of the town of Tusayan.

Ignitions will occur over a period of a few days in order to minimize smoke production and allow for good ventilation throughout the day. East winds are forecasted and are expected to transport smoke away from developed areas reducing the potential for impacts to residents, businesses and roadways.

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.

Crews plan to continue working on the Reed Prescribed Fire project east of Tusayan over the next few days and will likely begin on Friday of this week. Burning may continue into the week ahead providing weather conditions remain favorable for meeting forest health objectives and desired smoke dispersion.

Ignitions are set to continue on a 289 acre block approximately 4 miles east of Tusayan and just south of the East Rim Drive in the Grand Canyon National Park.

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 Coco Fire is expected to burn naturally over the next several days, consuming hazardous fuels, smoldering and producing light visible smoke within the immediate fire area. The fire is now estimated at 2000 acres.

Today, the fire organization is transitioning from a Type 3 to a Type 4, reducing in size yet efficient for fire-fighting conditions. Crews will continue to hold and monitor the fire and mitigate any hazardous trees weakened by the fire. No additional news releases will be issued unless there is significant change in fire activity.

With higher relative humidity and light rains over the Coco Fire smoke production will continue to decrease through the weekend. According to Dan Pearson, Incident Commander, “Despite the forecasted monsoonal moisture, this is not likely a fire ending event.  When drier conditions return to Northern Arizona, it is anticipated the Coco Fire will resume activity in the interior drainages where heavy fuels will often continue smoldering during moderate rainfall.”

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