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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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Initial fire ignitions on dead & down treesImage options: [ Full Size ]

Fire managers on the south zone of the Kaibab National Forest will continue operations on multiple prescribed fire projects on both the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts over the next several days and into next week as conditions remain optimal for beneficial burn treatments. When firing ignitions occur, they are done in the morning and discontinue in the early afternoon to allow time for good ventilation and to minimize smoke impacts to the adjacent communities.

The Russell Prescribed Fire project located approximately 13 miles southeast of Tusayan had begun on Monday, June 24, but temporarily stopped due to weather conditions not conducive for initiating fire on the ground. The identified area is 2,130 acres and will be completed utilizing ground ignitions. Fire personnel will continue to patrol and monitor the burned area until deemed unnecessary. For additional photos go to https://flic.kr/s/aHsmEAqmj8.

The Sunflower Prescribed Fire project, south of Williams, aerial and ground ignitions were successful with a total of 2,803 acres marking this current project to be complete. Fire crews will continue to patrol and monitor the project area for the next days ahead. For additional photos go to https://flic.kr/s/aHsmErbxQ5.

The Reed Prescribed Fire project near Tusayan, approximately 1,403 acres have been completed to date. Planned ignitions went well and have been completed at this time. Fire crews will continue to monitor the area until deemed unnecessary. For this prescribed fire, no immediate planned burning will take place this week, however, the prescribed burning operation may resume sometime later in the coming weeks. Hikers traveling on the Arizona Trail #101 near the town of Tusayan and the Grand Canyon, are currently asked to be aware of possible fire weakened trees along the trail from the Reed Prescribed Fire. A few miles in from the trailhead at the Grandview Lookout Tower, hikers will see some of the burn area with some possible smoldering smoke on the ground and in downed trees and stumps. The trail is safe, but to exercise awareness and safety in this specific area. For additional photos go to https://flic.kr/s/aHsmEbcNGh

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginMonday June 10th, 2019 approx. 10:00 AM
Coordinates35.891 latitude, -111.892 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel30
Fuels Involved

Ponderosa Pine, Oak, Grasses

Significant Events

Fire managers on the south zone of the Kaibab National Forest are patrolling and monitoring areas on multiple prescribed fire projects on both the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts over the next several days and into next week as conditions remain optimal for beneficial burn treatments.

Outlook

Planned Actions

The Russell Prescribed Fire project located approximately 13 miles southeast of Tusayan fire treatments have halted for now due to weather conditions. The identified area is 2,130 acres. Fire personnel will continue to patrol and monitor the area until deemed unnecessary.

The Sunflower Prescribed Fire project is located approximately 8 miles southeast of Williams near County Road 73. Fire crews will continue and monitor the project area as all ignitions have been completed.

On the Reed Prescribed Fire, approximately 3 miles northeast of Tusayan, crews will patrol and monitor the burned areas over the next several days.

Remarks

Officials recognize that forest conditions are not always aligned with typical seasonal trends. This year’s record setting moisture levels have presented exceptional opportunities to implement these types of burns in the early summer months. Prescribed burning is one of many forest restoration methods used occurring throughout the year that can provide advantageous results.