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Kanabownits Fire to be Managed for Multiple Objectives on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

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Date: July 22, 2014
Contact: Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – National Park Service fire managers on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon have decided to manage the Kanabowntis Fire for multiple objectives.

The lightning-caused Kanabowntis Fire was discovered in Grand Canyon National Park on Tuesday, July 8th at 7: 16 p.m. and is approximately 4 acres in size. Current fire behavior is moderate with backing in needle cast and dead and down trees and burning in a few standing snags. The fire is located approximately 1 mile northeast of the historic Kanabownits Cabin on the Walla Valley Peninsula.

The Kanabownits Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. Resource objectives for the fire include returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem in order to maintain forest health. Protection objectives for the fire include protection of sensitive cultural resources and wildlife habitat.

A Wildland Fire Module is being ordered to support the fire management objectives. Additional overhead staff is already assigned to the fire.

There are no closures in effect at this time; however, smoke impacts may be possible.

You can follow the progress of this fire as well as view maps on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov. For additional fire information, please call 928-638-7819 (recorded message) or Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, Public Affairs Specialist, at 928-638-7958 or follow @GrandCanyonNPS on Twitter. For more on Grand Canyon's fire management program, please visit the park's web site at http://www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm.

 

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SWITCHBACKS ON BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL

Each year, thousands of hikers enter the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. They follow a route established by prehistoric people for two key reasons: water and access. Water emerges from springs at Indian Garden, and a fault creates a break in the cliffs, providing access to the springs.