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Release Date: 09/17/12
Contacts: Scott Sticha 435-688-3377    

Parashant National Monument Begins Fall Prescribed Burning Operations


Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument fire managers are planning to conduct prescribed burning near Mount Dellenbaugh this fall. Ignition of the Pleasant Valley West (212 acres) and Halfway (200 acres) Fires may occur as early as September 22 if weather and fuel conditions allow. The Pine Valley East (1214 acres), Twin Springs Boundary (623 acres) and Pine Valley Meadow (96 acres) Fires are scheduled for October.

The prescribed burns are intended to decrease future wildfire risk and protect cultural and natural resources within the Monument. The burning will also restore fire to the 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 travelling in the area of the fire.

Contact Scott Sticha 435-688-3377 or Todd Bates at 702-293-8837 for more information.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 09-24-2012