WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Fire managers plan to burn piles on each of the three ranger districts of the Kaibab National Forest starting Dec. 13 and lasting through Dec 16.
The piles are the result of forest restoration efforts, and the goal of burning is to further reduce fuels that could feed high-intensity wildfire.
On the Williams Ranger District fire managers plan to burn piles scattered within a 37-acre area sometime between Dec. 13 - Dec. 16 near Cougar Park, around five miles south of Williams and just north of Coleman Knoll. Fire managers are monitoring weather conditions to determine which day will be most appropriate. Some smoke may settle into the area immediately surrounding the pile burn in Cougar Park and Barney Flat and may also be visible from County Road 73. No road or trail closures are expected.
Tusayan Ranger District fire managers plan to burn piles scattered within a 15-acre area Dec. 13, 14 and Dec. 16 about a mile northwest of Grand Canyon Airport. The small piles have cured over the last two years and are expected to consume quickly. They anticipate little to no smoke impacts to the Town of Tusayan, Grand Canyon Airport and Highway 64.