hualapaisThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kingman Field Office, in cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, will conduct two prescribed burns. The burns will take place in the Hualapai Mountains southeast of Kingman.  Weather permitting, burning will begin the week of March 16, 2015, and is expected to be complete within three to five days after ignition. The purpose of the burns is to treat approximately 2,500 acres of dense 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 burns will also reduce the risk of dangerous wildfires and will improve forage for wildlife and livestock. These burn areas are located in the south end of the Hualapai Mountains near upper Blue Tank Canyon and Deluge Wash.  Smoke may be visible from Kingman, Yucca, Wikieup, Interstate 40, and Highway 93, and may be heavy at times. Overall, impacts from the smoke in 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 safe to do so.