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 »
Firefighters Hold the Line on the Galahad Fire
Contact: Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Firefighters were successful today in holding the Galahad Fire to the west of the W-4 Road, even though they were faced with higher temperatures, lower relative humidity and gusty winds. Yesterday, these same conditions caused three spot fires across the W-4 road to the east, but firefighters were able to quickly contain them. The fire is estimated at 1,975 acres.
Today, firefighters focused on searching for new spot fires east of the W-4 Road. No additional spots were detected. Fire managers do not want the fire to become established east of the W-4 Road due to the lack of any effective fire breaks or safety zones for firefighters. Containment lines on the W-4 Road continued to be improved by firefighters north and south of Kanabownits Cabin. Helicopters were used to assist firefighters in detecting fire spots east of the W-4 Road and for water drops along the fire's northern flank to reduce activity below the canyon rim.
Wind patterns will likely carry the smoke to the northeast towards Marble Canyon and Page, Arizona. Smoke may be visible over a wide area in both northern Arizona and southern Utah. The smoke may also settle into some of the valleys and lower areas in the morning hours in
Two road closures are in effect for public and firefighter safety; the W-4 Road is closed from the junction of the FS268B road south to Point Sublime and the W-1 Road, also known as the Point Sublime Road, is closed from the W-4 junction, east to the western end of the Basin.
The lightning-caused Galahad Fire was discovered on Friday, May 23, 2014 on the Walla Valley Peninsula, west of the main park road. This fire is being managed for resource and protection objectives including returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem in order to maintain forest health and protection of cultural resources and wildlife habitat.
You can follow the progress of this fire as well as view maps and pictures on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov. For additional fire information, please call 928-638-7819 (recorded message) or follow @GrandCanyonNPS on Twitter.
Did You Know?
The elk found within Grand Canyon National Park weigh as much as 1,000 pounds (450 kg), and have been known to injure people who approach them. Never approach wild animals. It is dangerous, and illegal, to feed the wild animals in a national park. Violators will be fined.