Fire managers on the Kaibab National Forest continue working on the 2018 fall prescribed fire burn plan and will implement broadcast burns near Tusayan and south of Williams in the days ahead.. The specific units to be ignited will be chosen based on fuel moistures and weather conditions that are within prescriptive levels that meet fuels reduction objectives.
The flowing project areas are planned for treatments on both the Tusayan and Williams Ranger Districts:
Sunflower Rx Project: Southeast of Williams, approximately 12,000 acres.
Green Base Rx Project: North of Williams near Three Sisters, approximately 7500 acres.
Reed Rx Project South and northeast of Tusayan, approximately 3200 acres
Russell Rx Project Southeast of Tusayan, approximately 4000 acres
The Reed and Sunflower projects are currently active and may continue as weather and forest conditions permit.
Currently about 1500 acres have been successfully treated this week on both districts.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 10:00 AM|
|Location||Approximately 8 miles southeast of Williams & 3 miles south of Tusayan.|
|Incident Commander||Ryan Rawlinson / Adam Pahl RXB2|
|Incident Description||Broadcast Burns|
|Coordinates||35.933 latitude, -112.136 longitude|
Ponderosa Pine, Oak Grass,
Fuels reduction efforts will be continuing on both the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts. Both districts have been conducting broadcast burns throughout the week.
The Tusayan District will move up to finish a 190 acre block approximately 3 miles E / NE from Tusayan on Friday Nov 16th. Southwest winds will transport smoke throughout the day to the northeast. Smoke may impact Highway 64E within the Grand Canyon National Park.
Some smoke can be expected to reverse direction over night and settle into the Tusayan area in the early morning hours on Saturday morning. However no ignitions will occur on Saturday to allow for rapid ventilation.
Favorable winds have transported smoke away from developed areas.