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Safford Field Office
Release Date: 05/08/13
Contacts: Diane Drobka, 928-348-4403,    
  Scott Cooke, 928-348-4401,    

Prescribed Burn Planned for South Rim of Aravaipa Canyon

Safford, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Safford Field Office and Gila District Fire Management Office are planning to conduct a prescribed burn on the south rim of Aravaipa Canyon sometime between May15 and June 30 when weather conditions permit. The Grover Burn will be approximately 2,428 acres in the area east of Turkey Creek, south and west of Aravaipa Canyon on BLM-administered public lands outside the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness. 

Fire is a natural process that maintains the grassland communities of the Aravaipa Canyon area. Prescribed fire is a process designed to reintroduce fire into the ecosystem in a manner that mimics natural fire frequency and intensity. By reintroducing fire, the BLM hopes to increase the health of the ecosystem by enhancing growth of desirable grasses, reducing invasive shrub species and managing fuel loads so that natural fires are less destructive. 

“Prescribed fire treatments are part of a BLM effort to restore, enhance, and, maintain the native desert grassland ecosystem found on the uplands of Aravaipa Canyon,” said fire management officer Damon McRae. “Restoring the native grassland will improve wildlife habitat, increase watershed function, and preserve a valuable ecosystem found within the desert Southwest.”

The Aravaipa Canyon area roads listed below will be closed from 6 p.m. the day before the burn to 6 a.m. the day following burn implementation.

  • The Rug Road from Mammoth will be closed at Turkey Creek. Public land users who have made the trip on the Rug Road from Mammoth may be allowed on a case-by-case basis pending status and progress of the burn and will be escorted if allowed.
  • The road from Bear Canyon near the BLM Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness east trailhead to the Turkey Creek trailhead/parking area will be closed. Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness permit holders may be allowed on a case-by-case basis pending status and progress of the burn and will be escorted.
  • The Turkey Creek road will be closed.
Federal, State, and local cooperators will assist the BLM in conducting the burn. Fire crews monitor the burned area during and after all prescribed burns.   For more information, please contact Public Affairs Specialist Diane Drobka or Field Manager Scott Cooke at 928-348-4400.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 05-08-2013