Expect Isolated Thunderstorm Activity Through Thursday. A Greater Chance on the Weekend
Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »
Two Bats Collected in the Park Have Tested Positive for Rabies
One on the North Kaibab Trail and the other at Tusayan Ruin/Museum. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please call 928-638-7779. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. More »
Fire Management Staff to Resume Pile Burning at the Grand Canyon
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. - After a week of soaking rains, fire crews on the North and South Rims of Grand Canyon National Park will be burning piles of woody debris over the next thirty days as weather allows.
The piles of woody debris were constructed during manual fuels reduction projects. On the South Rim, these projects were intended to create defensible space in the Park's wildland urban interface; and the piles are located in the vicinity of Market Plaza and the Grand Canyon School. On the North Rim, the fuels reduction projects were conducted in preparation for management of both prescribed fires and managed wildland fires; and the piles are located along the w1 and w4 roads.
The burn piles consist of small diameter tree trunks, small branches, twigs and needles removed during thinning and limbing operations. They will be ignited while the moisture level in the surrounding fuels is high enough to stop fire from creeping away from the piles, and will be monitored by firefighters until they are completely out.
Park visitors may see fire vehicles and personnel in the vicinity when piles are being burned, and may see open flames or smell smoke. Fire managers will strategically ignite the piles in an effort to keep smoke impacts to a minimum. Coordination with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is currently underway.
To learn more about the South Rim pile burning project, please contact South Rim Assistant Fire Management Officer Dan Pearson at 928-635-7934. For information on the North Rim project, please call North Rim Fire Management Operations Supervisor Aaron Fritzer at 928-638-7949. To learn more about the park's fire management program, please visit our web site at http://www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/fire_info.htm.
Did You Know?
At the bottom, where Unkar Creek joins the Colorado River sits Unkar Delta where prehistoric Pueblo people occupied numerous sites here for about 350 years (A.D. 850 to A.D. 1200)