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Kaibab South Zone RX Fire

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Prescribed burns planned to begin this week near Tusayan
Tusayan, Ariz., May 22, 2017—For Immediate Release. Crews plan to begin working on two prescribed burns near Tusayan beginning Tuesday and will likely continue burning for several days providing.. more

INCIDENT UPDATED 11 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

35.959 latitude, -112.153 longitude

Incident Overview

Reed- Flying J Rx Map

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Crews plan to begin working on two prescribed burns near Tusayan beginning Tuesday and will likely continue burning for several days providing weather conditions remain favorable for meeting forest health objectives and smoke dispersion.

Ignitions will occur tomorrow on 250 acres of slash piles on the Flying J prescribed fire project located just west of Grand Canyon airport. On Wednesday operations will shift to the Reed prescribed fire project where fire officials hope to treat approximately 600 acres using a broadcast burn. This unit is located about 6 miles east of Tusayan.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginTuesday May 23rd, 2017 approx. 10:00 AM
LocationTusayan Ranger District Kaibab National Forest
Incident CommanderJosh Miller RXB2
Incident Description Flying J / Reed Rx

Current Situation

Total Personnel20
Size250 Acres
Fuels Involved

Slash, Ponderosa Pine, Oak, Grasses

Outlook

Planned Actions

Crews completed ignitions on 250 acres of slash on the Flying J prescribed fire project located just west of Grand Canyon airport on Tuesday. Operations on Wednesday have been temporarily suspended as weather conditions are expected to be outside prescription parameters.

Remarks

Smoke is expected to disperse away from sensitive areas for both of these burns during the day. Residual smoke may settle into drainages and low lying areas overnight but will dissipate rapidly throughout the morning hours. Smoke may be visible from Highway 64 and from the communities of Grand Canyon, Valle and Tusayan. Light smoke may linger overnight and in the early morning hours. Officials remind motorists to always use caution when driving on roadways where visibility may potentially be impacted by smoke.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Burns occur when winds and other atmospheric conditions will push the majority of smoke away from homes and ultimately limit the number of days smoke is in the air.

Unit Information

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Kaibab National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Arizona
Williams, AZ 86046

Incident Contact

Bob Blasi
Email: bobblasi@fs.fed.us
Phone: 928-635-5653

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