Expect Isolated Showers and Thunderstorms Friday, with Increasing Chances Over 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. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please follow this link. More »
INTERAGENCY NEWS RELEASE: Grand Fire Update – 8:00 p.m.
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Fire crews continue to make progress on the Grand Fire, which is now 481 acres with 70 percent containment. The change in acreage is not from additional growth; it is a result of fire activity and smoke decreasing enough that crews are able to get a more precise assessment of the total acreage.
The fire is located eight miles east of Tusayan, Arizona and 11 miles southeast of Grand Canyon Village, in the vicinity of the Grandview Lookout Tower and the Arizona Trail. It has burned on both the Kaibab National Forest and Grand Canyon National Park. Fuels include ponderosa pine, grass and some pinyon pine.
Approximately 80 firefighters will continue reinforcing containment lines, patrolling for hot spots and mopping up. Resources include six engines, two water tenders, and two crews.
Officials advise the public to avoid the fire area around Grandview Lookout Tower in order to allow personnel to continue their work on the incident. Hazards include burned trees that may fall across forest roads and smoke on local roadways. As a safety precaution, Arizona Trail users need to be prepared to detour off the trail between Forest Road 303 at Watson Tank and the junction of Forest Roads 301 and 310 near Lockett Lake until further notice. All roads and trails in Grand Canyon National Park are open at this time.
Smoke may be visible along State Highway 64 and in various locations within Grand Canyon National Park. Visitors may also see fire equipment and personnel in the area. Drivers are asked to continue to use caution in the vicinity of the fire and watch for and obey any traffic control signs or personnel.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Grand Fire information is posted on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2910/
Did You Know?
The impacts caused by tamarisk within the Grand Canyon are well documented. These prolific non-native shrubs displace native vegetation and animals, alter soil salinity, and increase fire frequency. What is park management doing about this exotic plant? More...