Fuel loads are reduced in the Kaibab National Forest, Arizona, July 24, 2014 | Photo by Brandon Oberhardt, U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, St. George News
FREDONIA, Arizona – With the predicted onset of snow this weekend on the Kaibab Plateau, North Zone fire managers plan to begin preparations for burning hand piles at multiple locations across the North Kaibab Ranger District. It is estimated that 100-200 acres of hand piles may be burned if weather conditions are agreeable.
Forest visitors should be aware that the planned treatment areas include Stina Point and the Dry Park Lookout area.
Generally, the pile burn season is an annual winter objective for fire crews to take advantage of snow conditions to burn piles and remove these fuels from the forest floor.
Fire managers will continue to monitor forecasts prior to igniting piles, and burns will only be initiated if conditions are within established parameters for safe, effective fuel reduction treatments.
Weather conditions must allow for safe burning and the elimination of any threat of fire spreading to surrounding vegetation; pile burning will continue throughout the winter as weather permits.
All prescribed burning on the Kaibab National Forest is subject to approval by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
For additional information regarding the North Kaibab Ranger District pile burns, contact North Zone Fuels Specialist Dave Robinson at 928-643-8138.
Submitted by United States Forest Service
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