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Halfway Fire Final Update in Tusayan, Grand Canyon, AZ Area

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Date: June 21, 2013
Contact: Holly Krake (USFS), 928-635-5653
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge (NPS), 928-638-7779

Tusayan/Grand Canyon, AZ – The Halfway Fire remains 100 percent contained and is exhibiting minimal fire behavior. Overnight, no growth or creeping of the fire occurred. Crews will be continuing mop-up work throughout the day and tomorrow. Updated mapping has confirmed the fire is approximately 250 acres in size.

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: 250 Acres
Landscape/Fuels: Ponderosa Pine Needles
Fire Behavior: Minimal
Closures: None at this time

Smoke impacts will be minimal to the Tusayan/Grand Canyon area this morning and should lift by mid-day. There could be light smoke impacts again tomorrow in the morning if conditions remain the same. Weather today will be breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. There is also currently a red flag warning which means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring or will occur shortly. Visitors are also reminded that Stage 2 fire restrictions remain in place on the Tusayan and Williams Ranger Districts of the Kaibab National Forest.

This will be the final Halfway Fire update unless there are significant developments.


For additional information, please call Holly Krake (USFS), Fire Information Officer, 928-635-5653 or Maureen Oltrogge (NPS), Public Affairs Officer, 928-638-7779.

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