Due to public safety, the Betty’s Kitchen Road will be closed for public use starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, through Friday, February 6, 2015. If the burn is delayed, the road will be closed the night before the prescribed burn and open up when the burn is controlled and fire personnel have exited the area.
BLM estimates it will take 2 -3 hours to burn the 43 acres of cured Bermuda grass, with smoke visible for approximately 2 hours.
The purpose of the burn is to improve the health of the Bermuda grass and to rid the area of salt cedar sprouts and weeds. Another benefit to this project is the reduction of soil salinity so, in the future, these fields can be planted with native trees such as cottonwoods and willows to provide threatened and endangered species habitat.
This burn is a joint venture with BLM, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and Colorado River Indian Tribes.