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Kaibab NF South Zone Rx Fire

Unit Information

Kaibab National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
800 S. 6th St.
Williams, AZ 86046

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Incident Contacts

Kaibab National Forest
Phone: 928-635-8200

Bob Blasi
Email: robert.blasi@usda.gov
Phone: 928-635-5653

Highlighted Activity

04/01/2022 Prescribed Fires near Tusayan tentatively planned for Apr 6-8
This Wednesday through Friday, April 6-8, fire managers are tentatively planning to continue treatments on the Reed Prescribed Fire Project near Tusayan.  Pending favorable conditions crews will...
News - 04/01/2022
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The Spring 2022 prescribed fire season is upon us. Fire managers will be looking for windows of opportunity to conduct broadcast burns (applying fire across the forest floor) through the month of April and maybe into May, depending on what conditions will allow. Crews are planning to work on the following projects this season: 

  • Greenbase Project:  Just north of the City Williams; 3500 acres; Smoke likely noticeable around Williams, Highway 64, and Interstate 40.
  • Reed Project: Just south and northeast of Tusayan; 3300 acres; Overnight smoke generally settles around Forest Road 302, Tusayan, and south toward Red Butte.
  • Blue Stem Project: Remote corner of Tusayan District 15-20 miles east northeast of State Route 64 and Red Butte; Total of approx. 6000 acres; Limited smoke on local roads; minimal impacts to populated areas.


    Fire plays a critical role in maintaining a healthy forest and reducing risks of uncharacteristic wildfires that threaten public health and safety.  A healthy forest is a resilient forest where fire occurs on regular basis.

    Fire managers recognize that smoke can impact residents and visitors. However, because crews have some control over when and how the beneficial fires occur on the landscape, science shows that the amount and duration of smoke from such fires are significantly less than smoke from severe, intense wildfires. The Kaibab National Forest coordinates closely with partners and communities to identify objectives and develop sound and well-informed strategies which include monitoring multiple conditions and taking actions minimize smoke impacts as much as possible.

    All prescribed fires on the Kaibab National Forest are subject to approval by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The department provides details about its air quality program online at legacy.azdeq.gov/environ/air/smoke/index.html

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginThursday December 09th, 2021 approx. 10:00 AM
Coordinates35.186 latitude, -112.217 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel15
Fuels Involved

Ponderosa Pine, Juniper

Significant Events

Outlook

Remarks

Visitors should always use caution when in the vicinity of any active prescribed fire.

Igniting early in the day provides more time for smoke to lift and ventilate away reducing overnight inversion.