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Park, Forest conduct prescribed burns

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The park has completed two of three South Rim prescribed fires planned for this spring. Firefighters completed ignition of the 222-acre Picnic Prescribed Fire last Wednesday and the 319-acre Quarry Prescribed Fire on Friday.

Some fire activity and smoke may be present within the interior of the burn unit for several weeks, as logs and other heavy fuels continue to smolder. Firefighters will continue to patrol the area until the fires are completely out.

One additional burn, the Moqui Prescribed Fire, is planned on the South Rim this spring. Fire ignition will only occur when environmental factors such as wind, temperature, and relative humidity are favorable.

The entire Moqui burn unit is 743 acres in size and starts at the south boundary of the park in the immediate vicinity of the South Entrance Station. It last burned in 1996.

For information on plans for South Rim prescribed fires, call (928) 638-7958. To learn more about fire management in Grand Canyon National Park, visit www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm.

Fire managers with the Kaibab National Forest plan to implement the Road Hollow prescribed burn on the North Kaibab Ranger District within the next two weeks. The project area consists of two units (Unit A - 1,696 acres and Unit D -456 acres), located south of Jacob Lake, four miles west of the Dry Park Area and adjacent to Forest Road 22.

The objectives of the burn are reducing hazardous fuels, decreasing fire risk and improving forest health.

When fuel and weather conditions are appropriate for the burn, fire personnel will use hand and aerial ignitions to light the units.

For additional information, please contact Edward Hiatt, North Zone Fire Management Officer, (928-643-8101).

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