Tusayan Ranger District

Fire managers plan to burn piles on the Tusayan and Williams ranger districts of the Kaibab National Forest starting tomorrow and continuing through next week, as conditions allow. 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

Fuels reduction efforts will be continuing on both the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts beginning Friday (11/9/2018) of this week. Both districts will be conducting broadcast burns that could extend over the next several days as environmental and weather conditions permit.

The 12,000 acre Sunflower Prescribed Fire Project located approximately 8 miles southeast of Williams has been ongoing over the past year with nearly 7000 acres successfully treated to date. Aerial ignitions will continue as crews work toward completing the remaining 5000 acres on this project.

Continuing monsoonal moisture has allowed fire officials on the Kaibab National Forest to consider two new lightning caused wildfires on the Tusayan Ranger District for the potential of benefiting forest health objectives and community protection.

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.

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.

100 acres of slash piles are scheduled for burning on Thursday and Friday of this week on the Tusayan Ranger District. Crews plan to ignite 50 acres each day and complete this project by late afternoon on Friday. The unit to be treated is located approximately 1 mile west of the Grand Canyon Airport near Tusayan.

This project is a continuation of the removal of hazardous fuels surrounding rural areas and developed communities located within and adjacent to the Kaibab National Forest.

The Kaibab National Forest will soon be able to begin implementation of a large-scale grassland restoration project across the Williams and Tusayan
Ranger Districts thanks to a decision signed today by District Ranger Danelle D. Harrison.
 
The South Zone Grassland Restoration Project will implement thinning, prescribed fire and other
activities to restore the structure and function of grassland and pinyon-juniper grassland, also referred to
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today until 7 p.m. that covers the Williams and Tusayan ranger districts of the Kaibab National Forest due to strong winds and low relative humidity.
 
Visitors to the Williams and Tusayan ranger districts of the Kaibab National Forest are advised to refrain from having a campfire when Red Flag Warning conditions exist. This advisory covers all campfires across the affected area, including in developed campgrounds, for the hours during which the Red Flag Warning has been issued.
 

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