Grand Canyon’s South Rim to Implement Campfire Restrictions
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Due to continued hot, dry and windy conditions and increasing fire danger, Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim will begin campfire restrictions tomorrow (Friday, June 8) at 8 a.m. All wood burning fires, including campfires and warming fires, will be prohibited throughout the South Rim, including campgrounds and residential areas.
This restriction is being implemented in response to current and predicted weather and fuel conditions, as well as corresponding fire danger rating levels. Both rims of Grand Canyon National Park are currently at Very High Fire Danger; and fire danger is expected to continue to increase until monsoonal moisture occurs. The restriction will remain in place until significant precipitation falls and fire danger levels subside.
"Given current environmental conditions, any wildfire would have the potential to exhibit extreme fire behavior," said acting Grand Canyon Chief of Fire and Aviation Chris Marks. "As we phase in fire restrictions, we reduce the potential for accidental fire ignitions in the park."
When visiting your public lands during high fire danger, please remember to 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?
The more recent Kaibab limestone caprock, on the rims of the Grand Canyon, formed 270 million years ago. In contrast, the oldest rocks within the Inner Gorge at the bottom of Grand Canyon date to 1.84 billion years ago. Geologists currently set the age of Earth at 4.5 billion years.