Prescribed fires will continue burning through Kaibab National Forest this week as part of the ongoing Kendrick and Blue Stem projects, about 18 miles southeast of Tusayan. As of Monday morning, around 16,000 acres had been burned on the forest. Nearby residents may notice a helicopter over the forest, which will be helping to monitor the burn. People may also notice smoke and can find more information about the department’s Air Quality Division on its website. Recent moist weather in northern Arizona has allowed work crews to continue monitoring active fires. The state Department of Forestry says that as dry and hot summer weather approaches, the window of opportunity for prescribed burns will eventually close. The prescribed fires are part of the Forest Service’s 10-year Wildfire Crisis Strategy, which aims to reduce environmental damages caused by fire suppression. Crews finished burning on the Three Sisters Project last week. More information on the prescribed fires can be found on the Kaibab National Forest website.
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Website can be found here.
Kaibab National Forest Website can be found here.