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Grand Canyon Prescribed Burns

Grand Canyon Prescribed Burns
October 24
19:00 2013

grand_canyon_north_rim_smallGrand Canyon National Park Fire Managers are preparing for Multiple Prescribed Fires on the North Rim.

National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) fire managers, working together as the North Zone Interagency Fire Management Program, are preparing for multiple prescribed fires on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Fire managers anticipate initiating these prescribed fire treatments during the fall and winter months as weather and fuel moisture conditions allow.

Bright Angel Prescribed Fire (Bright Angel Rx): The Bright Angel Rx burn unit is within the developed area on the North Rim and is 426 acres in size. Fire managers have identified five units within the 426 acres that will be treated individually. Approximately 95 acres may be treated this fall. The unit is bounded by the Widforss Trail, North Rim helibase, Transept Trail and Highway 67.

Thompson Prescribed Fire (Thompson Rx): The Thompson Rx burn unit is located along the northern boundary of the park between Highway 67 and the Arizona Trail on the west and the 2000 Outlet Fire history area and the NPS boundary with the USFS on the east.

North Rim Slopes Prescribed Fire (Slopes Rx): The Slopes Rx burn unit is located on south facing slopes directly west of Highway 67 and the entrance station and east of the W-4 road and north of the Basin.

This entire burn unit is approximately 22,040 acres in size and will be treated in a multi-year implementation plan. The number of acres treated will vary from year to year.

North Rim Pile Burn: Fire managers are also preparing to burn piles of woody debris over the next 30 days as weather conditions allow. The piles are located along Highway 67 and the Range Road and consist primarily of small diameter tree trunks, small branches, twigs and needles.

Smoke: Prescribed fire smoke from will be most visible during ignition operations and will likely gradually diminish after ignitions are completed. Smoke may be visible along Highway 67 and 89A as well as from various locations on the North Rim and South Rim. Fire managers are working with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality- Smoke Management Division to reduce and mitigate potential smoke impacts

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