Grand Canyon National Park to Implement Additional Fire Restrictions
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Due to Extreme Fire Danger throughout Grand Canyon National Park, park officials will be increasing fire restrictions and extending them to all areas within the park except the Colorado River corridor.
Beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, all wood burning AND charcoal fires, including campfires, warming fires and charcoal barbeques, will be prohibited throughout the park, including all campgrounds and residential areas.
The restrictions are 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 now at Extreme Fire Danger and are expected to remain at Extreme until monsoonal moisture occurs. The restrictions will remain in place until significant precipitation falls and fire danger levels subside.
"With this new level of restrictions, we are increasing our efforts to reduce the risk of accidental fire ignitions," said acting Chief of Fire and Aviation Chris Marks. "We hope visitors will also consider taking some additional voluntary precautions."
When visiting your public lands during high fire danger, be fire aware, and use extra care. Taking a few 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?
From Yavapai Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the drop to the Colorado River below is 4,600 feet (1,400 m). The elevation at river level is 2,450 feet (750 m) above sea level. Without the Colorado River, a perennial river in a desert environment, the Grand Canyon would not exist.