The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kingman Field Office, in cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, will conduct a prescribed burn in the Hualapai Mountains 16 miles southeast of Kingman, Arizona, in the coming weeks. Weather permitting, burning may begin as early as February 22, 2016, and is expected to be completed within three to five days after ignition.
The burn areas are located in the south and east end of the Hualapai Mountains in upper Blue Tank Canyon.
The purpose of the burn is to treat approximately 1,500 acres of dense interior chaparral brush to improve mule deer habitat and return fire to an area where it can play a natural role in the health of the environment. The burn will also reduce the risk of dangerous wildfires, and will improve forage for wildlife and livestock.
Smoke may be visible from Kingman, Yucca, Wikieup, Interstate 40, and Highway 93, and may be heavy at times. Impacts from the smoke on Kingman and other areas should be minimal and the majority of the smoke should disperse quickly.
Jeep trails accessing the burn areas will be temporarily closed for public safety and reopened when conditions are safe.