UPDATE: Ten-X prescribed burn
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Fire managers are prepared to resume work on the Ten-X Prescribed Burn southeast of Tusayan on the Kaibab National Forest on Monday, Oct. 19. Pending favorable weather conditions and Arizona Department of Environmental Approval (ADEQ), personnel plan to continue ignition on the approximate 2,000-acre project.
Personnel implemented the burn this week with about 180 acres ignited on Wednesday. On Thursday, unfavorable northerly winds prevailed which prompted managers to cancel ignitions for the day, thus avoiding smoke impacts to Tusayan and Grand Canyon Airport.
The Ten-X project is located four miles southeast of Tusayan along Forest Roads 302 and 303. Previous burned areas, including the 2008 X Fire, and 2009 Ruby and Rae fires, lie adjacent to the Ten-X project.
As the project continues, smoke may be visible at times from Tusayan and along portions of Highway 64. Next week's predicted winds should carry smoke away from Tusayan.
To provide for public safety, a temporary detour on the Arizona Trail will reroute users from Watson Tank onto Forest Road 303 for about a mile, in the event that smoke impacts the trail.
Our prescribed burn projects are part of an ongoing effort to ensure that future fires in the area remain at a lower level of intensity, thereby protecting firefighters and the community. Implementation of these projects is contingent on favorable weather and ADEQ approval.
For more information on our prescribed burns please visit the Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1878/ or contact Punky Moore, Fire Information Officer, (928) 635-5653.
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