Grand Canyon North Rim pile burning on tap

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - North Zone Interagency Fire Managers plan to burn piles of woody debris over the next three weeks on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park as weather conditions allow.

The piles sit at two locations: west of the Basin along Point Sublime Road, approximately four miles northwest of the North Rim developed area and along the Grand Canyon National Park/Kaibab National Forest boundary, approximately 1 mile west of Hwy 67 in the vicinity of Fawn Spring.

The piles mostly consist of small diameter tree trunks, small branches, twigs and needles. Fire managers made the piles during prescribed fire pre-burn preparation activities near individual burn unit boundaries.

Once ignited, the piles will likely burn for several days and smoke may be visible for up to a week. Smoke impacts are expected to be minimal.

Coordination with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is under way.

Questions regarding the North Zone Interagency Fire Program's pile burning projects can be directed to Dave Robinson, north zone fuel specialist, at (928) 643-8138.

The North Rim of Grand Canyon closed for the season Nov. 26. Hikers and cross country skiers with backcountry permits can still enter the North Rim of the park throughout the winter months. The park's South Rim Backcountry Information Center and Visitor Center at Pipe Spring National Monument, located in Fredonia, Ariz. issue the permits. The South Rim Backcountry Information Center is open year-round and can be reached at (928) 638-7875, Monday through Friday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Permit requests can be faxed year-round to (928) 638-2125. Backcountry information is available at www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm.

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