Kaibab NF to implement burns on Tusayan Ranger District

pcoming weather this week, fire managers on the Kaibab National Forest are preparing to burn east of the Tusayan Ranger Station on the Tusayan East Project.

If conditions are appropriate, managers will request approval to burn mid-week over two days for approximately 80 acres each day. Officials will not burn over the holiday weekend. Fire personnel plan to resume broadcast burning on the project next week, depending on weather and fuels.

Work has already been completed to reinforce containment lines around the unit. Personnel will monitor the burns for fire spread and smoke production. Smoke may be visible in Tusayan and along Highway 64 but should not impact visitors to Grand Canyon National Park. These projects are part of an ongoing effort to ensure that future fires in the area remain at a lower level of intensity, thereby protecting the community and improving forest health.

Fire managers work closely with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality during the implementation of these projects. In our efforts to protect the community from the threat of future large fires, we appreciate the community's tolerance of some smoke during our prescribed burns. For more information, please contact Punky Moore (928-635-5653).

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