GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - National Park Service fire managers anticipate began a prescribed fire near Shoshone Point Dec. 7 .
The 75-acre area fire managers plan to treat is located east of Grand Canyon Village, between Yaki and Shoshone points, and is comprised primarily of Ponderosa pine, pinyon pine and juniper. Fire managers will close Shoshone Point and the project area to all vehicle, bicycle, foot, and mule traffic from noon on Dec. 7 to 8 a.m. Dec. 8.
Smoke may be visible from Grand Canyon Village and Highway 64 (Desert View Drive). Visitors and residents may see fire personnel and vehicles in the vicinity of Shoshone Point.
Prescribed fires play an important role in decreasing risks to life, resources, and property.
Fire managers carefully plan prescribed fires, initiating them only under environmental conditions that are favorable to assuring firefighter and visitor safety and to achieving the desired objectives. Prescribed fire objectives include reducing accumulations of hazard fuels, maintaining the natural role of fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem and protection of sensitive cultural and natural resources.