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Pile Burning at Indian Gardens within the Grand Canyon

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Date: February 21, 2014
Contact: Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, 928-638-7958
Contact: Dan Pearson, 928-638-7934

Grand Canyon, AZ – The National Park Service will burn piles of woody debris between Monday, February 24 through Wednesday, February 26 at Indian Gardens within Grand Canyon National Park depending on weather conditions. The piles of debris consist of tree branches, twigs, and leaves removed during hazardous fuels reduction projects around Indian Gardens Ranger Station, Indian Gardens Campground, and along the Bright Angel Trail over the past few years.

Fire managers will take advantage of existing clearings to minimize the chance of fire spread and potential spotting form the piles. The piles will be ignited by firefighters and monitored until they are completely out.

Park visitors may see or smell smoke in the vicinity of the piles located around Indian Gardens and may see smoke from piles from lookout points along West Rim Drive. Signs will be posted advising visitors of possible smoke along potentially impacted hiking corridors such as the Bright Angel Trail.

For more information on this debris burning project, please contact South District FMO Dan Pearson at 928-638-7934.


Did You Know?


The Cambrian seas of the Grand Canyon were home to several kinds of trilobite, whose closest living relative is the modern horsehoe crab. They left their fossil record in the mud of the Bright Angel Shale over 500 million years ago.