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A small ground fire burns just west of Flagstaff in the summer of 2018.

The Kaibab National Forest will be continuing prescribed burns south of the Grand Canyon, about three miles northeast of the town of Tusayan, beginning Thursday of this week according to a media release.

The burn is part of the Reed Prescribed Fire project and will begin with the burning of a 300-acre piece of land with other sections of land receiving treatment in the following days as long as the weather remains favorable.

According to National Forest officials, the recent record setting moisture the area received has presented exceptional opportunities to implement prescribed burns in the early summer months.

Smoke may be highly visible at times from Highway 64, the town of Tusayan and adjacent communities of Grand Canyon. Smoke impacts to air quality may be unpleasant at times, however fire managers can significantly reduce the amount and limit the duration more effectively using prescribed methods as opposed to an uncontrolled wildfire situation with long term effects.

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Smoke will be monitored closely with the intent to minimize impacts to rural areas, according to the National Forest.

During operations, fire personnel and vehicles working in the vicinity will be visible to the public. Motorists are reminded to use caution and drive with heightened awareness when passing through active project areas.

All prescribed burning on the Kaibab National Forest is subject to approval by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

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Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at askabelund@azdailysun.com, by phone at (928) 556-2261 or on Twitter @AdrianSkabelund.

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