TUSAYAN, Ariz.- Kaibab National Forest crews started a 264-acre burn on the Tusayan East Prescribed Fire Project April 3. They intended to continue burning for approximately two days in the area if conditions remain favorable. The burn area is located just south of Grand Canyon National Park and east of the town of Tusayan.
Smoke may be visible from Highway 64 and in the communities of Valle and Tusayan. Light smoke may linger overnight and in the early morning hours. To minimize smoke impacts, fire managers will only conduct ignitions when conditions exist that will allow smoke to ventilate away from sensitive areas.
Smoke is expected to disperse to the east and northeast during the day.
The Forest Service said prescribed fires are essential tools for restoring the forests in a fire-adapted ecosystem and said smoke is an unavoidable byproduct of these efforts. Fire managers strive to minimize smoke impacts to the community as much as possible. Fire managers work closely with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, partners in the Grand Canyon National Park, as well as surrounding Native American tribes to monitor air quality.