Kaibab South Zone RX Fire

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Kaibab South Zone RX Fire


Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts announce prescribed fire plans
Williams, Ariz., Sept 27, 2017—For Immediate Release. Fire managers on the south zone of the Kaibab National Forest have completed plans for the 2017 fall and 2018 spring prescribed fire burning... more


Approximate Location

35.342 latitude, -112.078 longitude

Incident Overview

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Operations are currently occurring on four prescribed fire projects on both the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts. Ignitions are implemented in different areas only when favorable weather conditions exist allowing for desirable burning effects and where smoke impacts can be minimized in rural areas. Crews are currently working on the Hardy and Dry Lake projects on the Williams Ranger District, and the Reed Project on the Tusayan Ranger District. The Sunflower project is scheduled to begin early next week. Smoke management will remain a top priority to minimize impacts to roadways, business and residential areas.

The flowing project areas are scheduled for treatments:

Green Base Dry Lake Project: Thirteen burn units northeast of Williams, north of I-40 and east of Highway 64 near Pittman Valley. This project is a total of 5,990 acres.

Green Base Hardy Project: Five burn units also northeast of Williams, north of I-40 and east of Highway 64 near Pittman Valley. This project is a total of 3,846 acres.

Sunflower Project: Seven burn units south of Williams, between County Road 73 and Whitehorse Lake. This project is a total of 15,195 acres.

Reed Project: Three burn units 5 miles east of Tusayan and just south of the Grand Canyon National Park. This project size is 1,182 acres.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginThursday September 28th, 2017 approx. 10:00 AM
LocationWilliams and Tusayan Ranger Districts.
Incident CommanderCody Payne RXB3 Zach Boness RXB3-T
Incident DescriptionReed Prescribed Fire

Current Situation

Total Personnel60
Size5,090 Acres
Fuels Involved

Ponderosa pine, Pinion Juniper, Oak, grasses

Significant Events

Crews have been working on several prescribed fire projects on both Tusayan and Williams Ranger Districts. Acres that have been treated successfully to date are as follows.

Dry Lake Project: 5090 acres

Hardy Project: 1730 acres

Reed Project: 417 acres


Planned Actions

Operations have temporarily ceased on the Reed and Hardy projects and will resume on the Dry Lake area with hand and aerial ignitions over the next few days. The Sunflower project is scheduled to begin early next week.

Projected Incident Activity

Ignitions will only be implemented when favorable weather conditions exist. Patrolling and monitoring will occur daily.


Smoke will be visible from Interstate 40, highway 64, Forest road 73 and surrounding areas. Managers are monitoring smoke production closely and are taking steps to minimize impacts.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Warm and Dry

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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