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New Water Fire Now Classified as Controlled

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Date: August 24, 2011
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - The New Water Fire, on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon near Meadview, Arizona, was declared "controlled" on Friday, August 19.

The lightning-caused New Water Fire was discovered on August 3 on private land just south of the Grand Canyon National Park boundary. Burning primarily in grass and brush with some pinyon-juniper, the fire quickly spread into the park and onto lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Through an interagency effort, the fire was contained on August 7.

Since then, fire personnel have been working to reinforce containment lines; and once it was determined that there was no longer any foreseeable threat from the fire, it was declared "controlled."

The National Park Service, BLM and BIA have cooperatively agreed that any further monitoring of the fire or decisions about its status will be made by the BIA - Truxton Cañon Agency, as the controlled fire is closest to their base of operations.

Information about the New Water Fire is available on InciWeb at http://inciweb.org/incident/2446/ 

-NPS-

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PLANTS IN THE GRAND CANON

There are approximately 1,737 known species of vascular plants, 167 species of fungi, 64 species of moss and 195 species of lichen found in Grand Canyon National Park. This variety is largely due to the 6,000 foot elevation change from the river up to the highest point on the North Rim. More...