Prescribed fires planned for Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts
Fire managers on the south zone of the Kaibab National Forest have completed plans for the 2017 fall and 2018 spring prescribed fire burning seasons and expect to begin working in several project areas by the end of this month.
Specific units to be ignited will be chosen based on fuel moistures and weather conditions that are within prescriptive levels that meet fuels reduction objectives.
Some of the following project areas planned for treatments include Green Base Dry Lake Project. This project encompasses 13 burn units northeast of Williams, north of I-40 and east of Highway 64 near Pittman Valley. This project is a total of 5,990 acres.
The Green Base Hardy Project has five burn units also northeast of Williams, north of I-40 and east of Highway 64 near Pittman Valley. This project is a total of 3,846 acres.
The Sunflower Project has seven burn units south of Williams, between County Road 73 and Whitehorse Lake. This project is a total of 15,195 acres.
The Reed Project has three burn units 5 miles east of Tusayan and just south of the Grand Canyon National Park. This project size is 1,182 acres.
Fire plays a beneficial role in maintaining the ecological stability of many landscapes including the Kaibab National Forest. Managers use prescribed fire as a practical means to reduce risks associated with uncharacteristic wildfires that can pose significant threats to public health and safety.
Officials understand that impacts to air quality may be unpleasant at times, however they can significantly reduce the amount and limit the duration of smoke more effectively using prescribed methods as opposed to an uncontrolled wildfire situation.