BLM to conduct controlled burns for next month

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Fire managers for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona Strip District are planning to burn piles resulting from road thinning work. The prescribed burn is located 65 miles south of St. George, Utah near Mt. Trumbull on the Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument. The burns will begin in mid-January and last through mid-February 2015 if weather and fuel conditions allow.  The burns are intended to decrease future wildfire risk and protect cultural and natural resources.

Burns must meet strict weather-related and environmental factors prior to ignition.  BLM Arizona Strip fire staff will monitor on-site weather and fuel conditions and manage prescribed fire activity, before, during and after ignition operations. 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.

There are no road or trail closures anticipated at this time, but public access may be restricted during ignition to ensure public safety.  Signs will be posted near the areas to be burned to notify the public. The public is urged to use caution when traveling in the area of the burn piles.

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