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Pile Burning Planned on South Rim of Grand Canyon

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Date: July 21, 2010
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – The National Park Service is making plans to burn piles of woody debris on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park within the next several days, if current weather conditions persist.

The debris piles are located south of Highway 64, south and west of the Grandview Point area and approximately 6 miles east of Grand Canyon Village. They consist of small tree branches, twigs, and needles removed during preparation of prescribed fire control lines. Pile burning is a necessary preparation for prescribed burning.                                            

The piles will be ignited as weather conditions allow and will be monitored by firefighters until they are completely out.

Park visitors may see or smell smoke in the vicinity of the piles. Signs will be posted advising visitors and motorists of possible smoke along impacted travel corridors. Coordination with the Department of Environmental Quality is underway to ensure that smoke impacts are minimized.

For more information on this debris burning project, please contact Art Gonzales, South Rim Fire Management Officer, at 928-638-7947.

-NPS-

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