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Pile burning begins along North Rim boundary

Kaibab N.F. fire personnel, Brandon Oberhardt using a drip torch to light a pile burn on the Tusayan Ranger District. (Photo by Dyan Bone, U.S. Forest Service Kaibab National Forest)

Kaibab N.F. fire personnel, Brandon Oberhardt using a drip torch to light a pile burn on the Tusayan Ranger District. (Photo by Dyan Bone, U.S. Forest Service Kaibab National Forest)

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — The North Zone Interagency Fire Management Program will begin conducting pile burns north of the Grand Canyon.

Hand piles composed of woody debris are located near the National Park Service developed zone at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park as well as around Big Saddle, Demotte and Jacob Lake on U.S. Forest Service lands. Burns will most likely continue through mid-December, as conditions allow, to reduce hazardous fuels and enhance site protection at these high-priority locations.

Smoke will be most visible during ignition operations and will likely gradually diminish after ignitions are completed. Smoke may be noticeable from Jacob Lake, Fredonia, Highways 89A and 67, and from various locations on the North Rim and South Rim. Smoke is expected in the canyon one to three days after each ignition. Fire managers are working with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Smoke Management Division to reduce and mitigate potential smoke impacts.

Plans for each burn unit contain a set of parameters which define the desired weather and fuel conditions under which a prescribed fire can be initiated. Prior to implementing the burns, fire managers will evaluate current conditions and will only begin ignition if the prescribed fire conditions are within allowable environmental parameters.

Information provided by NPS

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