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.