(St. George, UT) — Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fire managers are planning to conduct a small, prescribed burn in Paria Canyon between mile 12 & 13 from May 18, 2012 which will continue until May 20, 2012. In order to restore natural conditions in Paria Canyon, the BLM in partnership with the Grand Canyon Trust have conducted a project to eradicate non-native shrubs and trees including tamarisk and Russian olive to protect the wilderness and wild and scenic river character of the canyon, as well as enhance habitat for riparian-dependent wildlife species. An eight person fire crew will conduct the prescribed fire to burn which includes 3 to 4 acres, or 36 piles, of tamarisk and non-native shrubs and trees that remain from the eradication project.
Prescribed fires must meet certain weather-related and environmental factors prior to ignition. BLM fire staff will manage and monitor the prescribed fire activity. Public access will not be restricted or disrupt hiking/camping activities and signs have been posted to notify visitors. Those who have already obtained overnight permits have been notified of the prescribed fire activity. Smoke will not be visible to the public other than to those who are hiking the canyon. Smoke emissions will be managed in accordance with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality regulations. For more information, please contact BLM Arizona Strip District Fire Management Officer Mark Rosenthal at 435-688-3350.