North Zone Fire Managers plan pile burns; Stina Point, Bright Angel campground at Grand Canyon

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FREDONIA, Arizona — With the onset of winter weather,National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service fire managers, working together as the North Zone Interagency Fire Management Program, are transitioning from large-scale broadcast burning operations to smaller-sized slash pile burning operations at multiple locations throughout the North Kaibab Ranger District and Grand Canyon National Park areas, subject to favorable weather and fuel moisture conditions.

Grand Canyon National Park 

Fire managers planned to initiate prescribed fire treatment on the campground unit of the Bright Angel Rx on Wednesday.

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.  The campground unit is 37 acres and is comprised of ponderosa pine. Objectives specific to the Bright Angel Rx include improving the defensible space in the wildland/irban interface within the North Rim developed area. This will reduce hazard fuels adjacent to structures to help decrease the threat of unwanted fires.

Smoke will be visible in the North Rim developed area and from the South Rim.

Stina Point

Crews are also returning to Stina Point, continuing pile-burn treatments this week.

The piles consist primarily of small diameter tree trunks, small branches, twigs and needles. The goal of the pile burning is to remove fuels within the forest, lessening potential future wildland fire events while simultaneously improving soils.

Smoke may be visible from certain areas of the forest; however, smoke impacts to the community are expected to be minimal. Over the last 12 weeks, North Zone fire managers successfully treated several thousand acres with prescribed fire.

All prescribed burning on the Kaibab National Forest is subject to approval by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and appropriate weather conditions.

Resources

  • For additional information regarding the prescribed burns, contact the North Zone Fuels Specialist, Dave Robinson, at 928-643-8138.
  • For information on smoke and air quality, please visit www.azdeq.gov or wildlandfire.az.gov.

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