Because of recent rain, Kaibab National Forest fire managers were not able to conduct the prescribed burns they had planned for last week.
Conditions are expected to be better this week, opening the door to two possible burns on the Tusayan Ranger District.
The Tusayan East prescribed burn is about 250 acres just east of the community of Tusayan. The area will be burned in small blocks due to the proximity to the community. Fire managers will be looking for good ventilation conditions so that smoke will move up and away from the community as quickly as possible.
Objectives of the Tusayan East burn are to increase protection to the Tusayan community, reduce hazardous fuels and the potential for undesirable fire behavior, stimulate the growth of native grasses and forbs, protect older trees and enhance wildlife habitat.
The Tusayan South prescribed burn covers up to 750 acres west of state Highway 64 and south of the airport.
Fire managers will be looking for days with minimal winds or winds from the north to avoid smoke impacts to Tusayan and the airport. However, when the burn is ignited, light haze from smoke is possible across state Highway 64.
The purpose of the Tusayan South burn is to reduce fire risk in the wildland-urban interface zone, the area where forest and community meet.
Work on the Tusayan East and South burns is expected to be ongoing or the next several weeks.
Within that time, fire managers will select days to burn based on weather conditions and the desire to reduce smoke impacts to the local community.
For more information, contact Jackie Denk at 928-635-8314.