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
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.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 approx. 10:00 AM|
|Location||Tusayan Ranger District Kaibab National Forest|
|Incident Commander||Josh Miller RXB2|
|Incident Description||Flying J / Reed Rx|
Slash, Ponderosa Pine, Oak, Grasses
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.
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.
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.