In 2011, the Zion Wildland Fire Module (WFM) conducted hazard assessments of park structures and infrastructure within Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well, and Tuzigoot National Monuments. The purpose of the project was to implement Firewise principles and create defensible space to help protect park administrative buildings, housing, and infrastructure from wildfires in the future.
The Zion WFM began removing hazardous fuels within 30 feet of park structures and infrastructures. They cleared debris from roofs, gutters, and decks and removed dead or dying vegetation adjacent to or overhanging structures. In addition, they removed or isolated flammable ground cover, including leaf litter, woody debris, and highly flammable vegetation. They also cut dead or dying grass to less than four inches.