Expect Isolated Afternoon and Evening Thunderstorms Through 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 »
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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 »
FIRE RESTRICTIONS LIFTED AT GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Due to the onset of monsoons and recent precipitation the National Park Service (NPS) lifted fire restrictions on the South and North Rims of Grand Canyon National Park effective immediately. Fire conditions within the park have moderated, with cooler temperatures and precipitation. First stage fire restrictions had been in place within Grand Canyon since June 30, 2011. The restriction included wood fires of any kind in developed campgrounds and residential areas.
In lifting fire restrictions, wood fires are again permitted in developed campgrounds and residential areas.
Although fire conditions at the Grand Canyon have moderated, the NPS still asks visitors and residents to be cautious when dealing with possible sources of ignition. To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, please observe the following regulations:
Historically, fire conditions moderate once the monsoons arrive. However, conditions can dry out again, especially in early fall. If this occurs, fire restrictions may again be implemented.
For additional information on Grand Canyon National Park, please call 928-638-7888 or visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/grca.
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 estimate the age of Earth at 4.5 billion years.