KNF-GRCA North Zone Fire Rx 2017-2018

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KNF-GRCA North Zone Fire Rx 2017-2018

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Tipover East Prescribed Fire Update
Fredonia, Ariz., Oct. 21, 2017 — For Immediate Release. Operations progressed well today as firefighters estimate treating nearly 1,000 acres on the Tipover East prescribed fire project located... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 7 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

36.34 latitude, -112.163 longitude

Incident Overview

IMG_8644. 10-18-17. Photo by David Hercher. Credit the U.S. Forest Service, SW Region, Kaibab NF.

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Fredonia, Ariz., Oct. 21, 2017 For Immediate Release. Operations progressed well today as firefighters estimate treating nearly 1,000 acres on the Tipover East prescribed fire project located across the North Kaibab Ranger District on the Kaibab National Forest and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Ideal conditions allowed for larger scale ignition operations today, accelerating the operational tempo and resulting in two cycles of aerial ignitions along FR 270. Aerial firing operations are often preferred within rugged backcountry landscapes like the Tipover Unit because it lessens the need for ground firing within interior portions of the unit that potentially could pose more danger to firefighters.

Anticipated operations over the next operational period will be to continue aerial ignition operations and fortifying black lining along the unit boundary if conditions remain safe to do so.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginTuesday October 17th, 2017 approx. 07:00 AM
LocationThe Tipover East unit is located on a strip of forested land along the boundary of Grand Canyon National Park and the Kaibab National Forest west of Highway 67.
Incident CommanderRXB1 Ed Hiatt/RXB1 Dave Robinson
Incident DescriptionTipover Rx

Current Situation

Total Personnel58
Size1,000 Acres
Fuels Involved

Predominantly first-entry mixed conifer

Outlook

Planned Actions

Anticipated operations over the next operational period will be to continue aerial ignition operations and fortifying black lining along the unit boundary if conditions remain safe to do so.

Remarks

During prescribed fires, motorists are cautioned that smoke may be present in short durations, which may impact roads and populated areas, and are reminded to use caution, drive slowly, turn on headlights, and avoid stopping in areas where fire personnel is working.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Fire managers will remain cognizant of wind direction and ventilation with the intent to minimize smoke impacts to businesses and residences.

Fire officials recognize that impacts to air quality may be unpleasant at times, however they can significantly reduce the amount and limit the duration of smoke more effectively using prescribed methods than in an uncontrolled wildfire situation.

Unit Information

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Kaibab National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Arizona
Williams, AZ 86046
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David Hercher
Phone: 928-643-8110
Emily Davis
Phone: 928-638-7609
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