Expect Dry Conditions and Warm Temperatures Through the First Half of This Week
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 928-638-7767. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. More »
Halfway Fire Update in Tusayan, Grand Canyon, AZ Area 6/20
Contact: Holly Krake (USFS), 928-635-5653
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge (NPS), 928-638-7779
Tusayan/Grand Canyon, AZ - 3:00 p.m. June 20, 2013 – The Halfway fire is currently 100 percent contained and exhibiting minimal fire behavior as it moves into areas that previously experienced either prescribed fire or wildfire. This previous fire history has allowed crews to move quickly and safety to suppress the fire while minimizing risk even in the face of extreme fire weather conditions. Fire management personnel are pleased with progress and are working to complete hand line through this afternoon to the northeast. The fire is approximately 286 acres in size (190 acres on National Forest/96 acres on National Park Service) with over 60 personnel on scene.
Date/Time Reported: Wednesday June 19 approximately 2:55pm
Location: 5 Miles East of Tusayan and North of Ten X Ranch
Cause: Under Investigation
Size: 286 Acres
Landscape/Fuels: Ponderosa Pine Needles
Fire Behavior: Minimal
Road Closures: None at this time
Because of reduced fire activity, Grandview Point has reopened for public use and there are no future anticipated evacuations. Smoke impacts will be minimal to the Grand Canyon area throughout the day.
Visitors are also reminded that Stage 2 fire restrictions remain in place on the Tusayan and Williams Ranger Districts of the Kaibab National Forest. There is also currently a red flag warning which means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring or will occur shortly.
For additional information, please call Holly Krake (USFS), Fire Information Officer, 928-635-5653 or Maureen Oltrogge (NPS), Public Affairs Officer, 928-638-7779.
Did You Know?
President Theodore Roosevelt said of Grand Canyon, "Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children's children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American should see."