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Contact: Scott Sticha, 435-688-3377
Contact: Todd Bates, 702-293-8837
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument fire managers are planning to conduct prescribed burning on 874 acres near Mount Dellenbaugh during the first week of September if weather and fuel conditions allow. Preparation, ignition and monitoring of the higher elevation burns in the ponderosa pine forest are expected to last for a week or longer. Additional burns planned for later in the fall may also be completed in September if conditions allow.
The prescribed burn is intended to decrease future wildfire risk and protect cultural and natural resources within the Monument. The managed burning will also restore fire to the fire adapted ecosystem, reducing the density of juniper and brush species, promoting conditions that allow for growth of native grasses and forbs, and increasing native plant diversity.
Prescribed fires must meet certain weather-related and environmental factors prior to ignition. National Park Service fire staff will manage and monitor the prescribed fire activity and 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 periods of active fire spread to ensure safety. Signs will be posted to notify the public. Smoke may be present for several days and could reduce visibility along roads in this remote area. Please use caution when traveling in the area of the fire.