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Prescribed fire near Tusayan planned April 6-8

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. — Fire managers are tentatively planning to continue treatments on the Reed Prescribed Fire Project near Tusayan April 6-8.

Pending favorable conditions crews will conduct up to 300 acres of broadcast burning (applying fire across the forest floor) on the Upper Ten-X unit northeast of town.

When crews move forward with ignitions, smoke may be visible from State Route 64, Tusayan, and the Grand Canyon and is expected to disperse northeast during the day. Residual smoke will settle into drainages and low-lying areas around Tusayan overnight. The portion of the Arizona Trail that is nearby will remain open.

This spring, fire mangers on the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts are planning treatments on the following projects:

• Greenbase Project: Just north of the City Williams; 3,500 acres; Smoke likely noticeable around Williams, Highway 64, and Interstate 40.

• Marteen Project: Five miles northwest of Spring Valley; 4,200 acres; Smoke possible in the areas of Spring Valley Cabin and Forest Road 141.

• Reed Project: Just south and northeast of Tusayan; 3,300 acres; Overnight smoke generally settles around Forest Road 302, Tusayan, and south toward Red Butte.

• Blue Stem Project: Remote corner of Tusayan District 15-20 miles east northeast of State Route 64 and Red Butte; Total of approximately 6,000 acres; Limited smoke on local roads; minimal impacts to populated areas.

All prescribed fires on the Kaibab National Forest are subject to approval by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The department provides details about its air quality program online at legacy.azdeq.gov/environ/air/smoke/index.

Information provided by the U.S. Forest Service

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