2,700 acre grassland restoration prescribed fire planned

fire-fightingAs drier conditions continue, fire managers on the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts are planning various prescribed fires for the week of January 26, 2014.

In the Williams Ranger District, tentative plans are starting as soon as Monday, January 27, 2014, in the Government Prairie project area located 8 miles northeast of Parks, AZ. This 2,742 acre burn is designed to enhance grassland restoration and maintenance as well as benefit wildlife on the forest.

While smoke production from this grassland burn will likely be significant, managers hope to limit impact by conducting all burning operations over a 2 to 3 day time period. Daytime smoke is predicted to dissipate quickly with little to no overnight impacts in surrounding areas. Smoke will be highly visible from Flagstaff, Bellemont, and adjacent portions of I-40.

In the Tusayan Ranger District, tentative plans for the week of January 26, 2014, include another 200 acres in the Flying J project area 3 miles southwest of Tusayan, AZ. Alternate tentative plans are for 190 acres in the Tusayan East project located 3 miles northeast of Tusayan, AZ, east of Highway 64.

No prescribed fires planned at this time for the North Kaibab Ranger District.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, weather – including winds and ventilation, and approval from the ADEQ http://www.azdeq.gov/ . Additional resources regarding smoke and air quality are available at wildfire.az.gov .

Get fire activity updates and maps 24 hours-a-day: Fire Information Line at 928-635-8311 or Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov

2 Comments

  1. Might as well expect 27,420 acres will be burnt. The most dangerous and destructive wildfires are these “managed” burns by the government.

    Let us pray that nobody’s home goes up in flames, and that no firefighters are killed or injured.

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