Firefighters respond to two human-caused fires in Grand Canyon National Park
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – On Tuesday, June 7, Grand Canyon firefighters responded to two separate human-caused fires in Grand Canyon National Park.
The Granite Fire is located in the inner canyon near the confluence of Monument Creek and the Colorado River. The fire was discovered by the park helicopter during routine operations at approximately 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Firefighters contained the fire at 1/10th acre; and it is now in monitor status.
The Coco Fire was reported at approximately 7:30 p.m. behind the Coconino Apartments in Grand Canyon Village. The Coco Fire was also contained at 1/10th acre and is currently in monitor status.
Several large fires are currently burning in the state of Arizona; and warm temperatures and strong winds are increasing fire danger in the region and causing US Forest Service fire managers in Northern Arizona to implement the first stages of fire restrictions.
Grand Canyon National Park visitors, staff and community members are encouraged to use extreme caution when engaged in any outdoor activity that has the potential to start a wildland fire. Activities that have historically led to human-caused fires include outdoor cooking and warming fires, smoking, and use of chain saws or heavy equipment.
If visitors, residents or community members encounter a wildland fire, the location should be reported to local law enforcement or fire managers by dialing 911 or by calling the Williams Dispatch Center at 928-638-2601.
Did You Know?
Each year, thousands of hikers enter the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. They follow a route established by prehistoric people for two key reasons: water and access. Water emerges from springs at Indian Garden, and a fault creates a break in the cliffs, providing access to the springs.