Fire managers plan to burn piles on the Tusayan and Williams ranger districts of the Kaibab National Forest Jan. 5 and 6. The piles are the result of forest restoration efforts, and the goal of burning them is to further reduce fuels that could feed high-intensity wildfire.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Thursday January 05th, 2017 approx. 07:00 AM|
|Incident Description||Pile Burn|
Tusayan Ranger District fire managers plan to burn piles scattered within a 100-acre area Jan. 5 and 6 just west of the Town of Tusayan and Grand Canyon Airport. The piles have cured over the last two years and are expected to consume quickly.
Winds on Thursday are expected to be from the southwest, which would push any smoke produced toward the northeast. However, fire managers anticipate that any smoke impacts to Tusayan or the airport would be very light. At night, downslope wind is expected to move smoke west away from Tusayan and the airport. On Friday, winds are predicted to be from the northeast, which should push any smoke produced southwest away from developed areas. No smoke impacts are anticipated for Tusayan or the airport Friday. No road or trail closures are expected.