In preparation for the Memorial Day Weekend, Grand Canyon National Park would like to remind everyone to be fire aware and “know before you go” to your public lands
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Although Grand Canyon National Park received below-average precipitation this winter, the warm spring caused vegetation in the park to thrive. Now, fine fuels are quickly drying out as winds and temperatures rise, increasing the risk of wildfire.
If you are visiting Grand Canyon National Park or Northern Arizona in the near future, you should know that fire danger is currently High or Very High throughout much of the area. In the park, fire danger on the South Rim is "Very High" which means that fires will start easily from all causes; and immediately after ignition, they will spread rapidly, and quickly increase in intensity. On the North Rim, fire danger is "High" which means fine dead fuels will ignite readily and most ignition sources will easily start a fire. In addition, fires in continuous, heavy fuels will spread rapidly and high intensity burning may develop.
Within Grand Canyon National Park, there are no Fire Restrictions in effect at this time. However, visitors are reminded of the following year-round fire regulations.
Wherever you may travel, be fire aware.Taking a few extra precautions can make all the difference.
For the latest fire information in Grand Canyon National Park, please visit our web site at http://www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/fire_info.htm. To learn more about fire restrictions on other public lands in Arizona and New Mexico, please call the Southwest Area Fire Restriction Information Line at 877-864-6985.
Did You Know?
John Hance, early Grand Canyon guide and storyteller, said of the Canyon, "It was hard work, took a long time, but I dug it myself, with a pick and a shovel. If you want to know what I done with the dirt, just look south through a clearin' in the trees at what they call the San Francisco Peaks." More...