A prescribed burn is expected to be ignited in the Scott Project area this morning, according to Dave Mills, assistant fire management officer for the Tusayan Ranger District. The 400-acre area is near Grandview Lookout Tower.
Another prescribed burn on the Tusayan Ranger District will likely begin next week in an area that is part of the Tusayan South Project area and is located between Grand Canyon Airport and state Highway 64 south of the Tusayan community. Mills said the project will treat about 800 acres.
Finding the right days to burn in Tusayan South may prove somewhat difficult, though, because fire managers will be looking for winds out of the north that would push smoke away from Grand Canyon National Park, Tusayan and the airport.
Fire managers at Grand Canyon National Park hope to accomplish three more prescribed burns this fall if weather conditions favor it. Two – the Northwest Three and Atoko – are on the North Rim while a third, the Topeka, will be south of Grand Canyon Village.
According to the park’s Fire Information Officer Donna Nemeth, fire officials are waiting for forest fuels to dry out and no timetable has been set for ignition.