Prescribed burning operation planned for Mount Dellenbaugh

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — Grand Canyon ­Parashant National Monument fire managers are planning to continue prescribed burning southeast of Mount Dellenbaugh if weather and fuel conditions allow. Preparation, ignition and monitoring of the Ambush Pocket burn began Tuesday. The prescribed burn was ignited using drip torches.

The 38-acre treatment is intended to restore fire to fire-adapted ecosystems, thwart the encroachment of juniper and pinyon pine, encourage the recruitment of native grass and forb species and increase native plant diversity.

Prescribed fires must meet certain weather­-related and environmental factors prior to ignition. National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management fire staff will manage and monitor the prescribed fire activity. Smoke may be present for several days in this remote area. Smoke emissions will be managed in accordance with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality regulations.

No road closures are anticipated, but public access may be restricted during ignition and as periods of active fire spread to ensure safety. Signs will be posted to notify the public. Please use caution when traveling in the area of the fire.

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