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Prescribed Fire Brings Haze to Page

Prescribed Fire Brings Haze to Page
September 19
11:37 2016

The views of the Vermilion Cliffs have been a bit hazy lately since a prescribed fire was lit on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.

With favorable conditions over the weekend, fire managers were able to use aerial ignitions across the unit and complete approximately 1,119 acres.

Unlike hand ignitions, which can be very time consuming, depending on terrain, fuel loading and fire behavior, aerial ignitions dramatically decrease the time needed to put fire on the ground. This firing technique provides the fire with a greater window of time to ventilate smoke so transport winds disperse the smoke before evening temperatures start to cool the area.

Smoke is expected to be visible from Highway 89A, Highway 67, Marble Canyon, Page and other high-use visitor areas; however, fire managers will strive to minimize smoke impacts to the community as much as possible.

As a reminder, implementation of prescribed fires is dependent on weather and fuel conditions including winds, temperature, humidity, moisture of the vegetation and ventilation conditions for dispersal of smoke, as well as, prior coordination with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. For additional information on the Smoke Management Division of the ADEQ and to view prescribed burns authorized on any given day, please visit www.azdeq.gov/environ/air/smoke/index.html.

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