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Forest Service to administer prescribed burns on 3,200 acres Nov. 8-12 near Tusayan

Hazardous fuels reduction treatment takes place in 2017 on the North Kaibab.  (Photo by David Hercher, U.S. Forest Service)

Hazardous fuels reduction treatment takes place in 2017 on the North Kaibab. (Photo by David Hercher, U.S. Forest Service)

TUSAYAN, Ariz. — A series of prescribed fire projects began Nov. 8 and will continue throughout the week at various locations across the Tusayan Ranger District on Kaibab National Forest (KNF).

Approximately 3,200 acres are scheduled to be ignited at the following specific locations Nov. 8-12.

• Reed Rx Project: Upper Ten X Unit, 3 miles east of Tusayan. (241 acres).

• Reed Rx Project: Skinner North Unit, 6 miles northeast of Tusayan (1560 acres).

• Blue Stem Rx Project: Camp 36 Unit, 12 miles southeast of Tusayan (1100 acres).

• Blue Stem Rx Project: Skousen Unit, 18 miles southeast of Tusayan, (300 acres).

A helicopter may be utilized to conduct aerial ignitions on the larger units once operations begin. Prescribed fire is used fire as a practical means to reduce risks associated with uncharacteristic wildfires that can pose significant threats to public health and safety.

Each day, fire managers evaluate local conditions that include weather patterns, temperatures, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, fuel moistures, and smoke ventilation. Daily ignitions will only occur when environmental factors align with the required prescription that will achieve desired results and meet land management objectives.

Kaibab National Forest works with partners, collaborators, and communities to clearly identify objectives and address concerns during the planning process for prescribed fires.

Officials recognize 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 than in an uncontrolled wildfire situation.

Additionally, fire managers will actively monitor atmospheric conditions daily and use strategies to minimize smoke impacts to rural developed areas.

During operations, fire personnel and vehicles working in these vicinities may be visible to the public.

All prescribed burning on Kaibab National Forest is subject to approval by ADEQ.

Information provided by Kaibab National Forest

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