Kaibab South Zone RX Fire

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Kaibab South Zone RX Fire


Prescribed burning to continue near Tusayan
Tusayan, Ariz., Nov 30, 2017—For Immediate Release. Crews plan to continue working on the Reed Prescribed Fire project east of Tusayan over the next few days and will likely begin on Friday of... more


Approximate Location

35.964 latitude, -112.057 longitude

Incident Overview

Map displaying the Reed Rx project approximately 5 miles wast of Tusayan Az.

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Crews plan to continue working on the Reed Prescribed Fire project east of Tusayan over the next few days and will likely begin on Friday of this week. Burning may continue into the week ahead providing weather conditions remain favorable for meeting forest health objectives and desired smoke dispersion.

Ignitions are set to continue on a 289 acre block approximately 4 miles east of Tusayan and just south of the East Rim Drive in the Grand Canyon National Park on Friday of this week .
Managers recognize the inconvenience smoke can cause and adjust tactics to limit the number of days smoke is in the air by burning smaller portions and only igniting every few days allowing ventilation to occur earlier and more rapidly.

Smoke may be visible from Highway 64 and from the communities of Grand Canyon, Valle and Tusayan. Overnight smoke impacts are expected to lift and ventilate rapidly each morning as ground surface temperatures warm in the morning hours.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginTuesday November 28th, 2017 approx. 08:00 AM
LocationTusayan Ranger District
Incident CommanderQuentin Johnson RXB2

Current Situation

Size289 Acres
Fuels Involved

Ponderosa pine, Oak, Grasses


Planned Actions

A 289 acre block is scheduled for treatment on Friday of this week. Daily operations occur only when favorable weather conditions exist.


District fire managers will continue with operations on the Reed Prescribed Fire project as early as Friday of this week east of the town of Tusayan. Ignitions may continue into early next week as weather permits. Smoke will be visible from the communities of Tusayan and the Grand Canyon Village. Some overnight impacts are expected however ventilation will be good during the day. Managers are actively taking steps to minimize smoke production and duration of exposure to rural areas.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contact

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

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