BLM: Prescribed burns planned for Mt. Trumbull area

File photo — A controlled burn, December 2012 | Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

ST. GEORGE — Fire managers for the Bureau of Land Management portion of the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument are planning to conduct two separate prescribed burns – also called Rx burns – totaling 356 acres.

The Nixon Rx and the Lo Rx prescribed burns will be located 65 miles south of St. George. Depending upon conditions, the prescribed burns will begin April 2 or 3, and last approximately two weeks if weather and fuel conditions allow.  The prescribed burns are intended to decrease future wildfire risk and protect cultural and natural resources within the Monument.

The Nixon and Lo Rx prescribed fires will reduce the accumulation of hazardous fuels.  The burn will also restore fire to the ecosystem and reduce the density of juniper and brush species, promote conditions that allow for growth of native grasses and forbs, and increase native plant diversity.

Prescribed burns must meet certain weather-related and environmental factors prior to ignition.  BLM fire staff will manage and monitor the prescribed burn activity. Smoke may be present during the length of the project in this remote area.  Smoke emissions will be managed in accordance with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality regulations.

No closures are anticipated but public access may be restricted during ignition and periods of active fire spread to ensure public safety.  Signs will be posted to notify the public. Please use caution when travelling in the area of the fire.

Submitted by: Bureau of Land Management

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