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Grand Canyon National Park Fires

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Date: June 6, 2009
Contact: Punky Moore, 928-635-5653

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – The Game Reserve, Quincy and Trick Fires continue to burn in Grand Canyon National Park.   The Game Reserve Fire (90 acres) is about 9 miles southeast of Grand Canyon Village, the Quincy Fire (50 acres) is on the North Rim, ¼ mile south of the forest boundary northwest of Point Imperial and the Trick Fire (1/10 acre and inactive) 6 miles southeast of Grand Canyon Village.   

Managers expect to achieve specific objectives on these fires depending on location, weather, fuels and growth potential. On the Game Reserve Fire, officials are managing for both protection and resource objectives. The resource benefits include reducing unnatural fuel buildup and returning fire to its natural role in a fire-dependent ecosystem. In order to accomplish the protection objectives, personnel are taking actions to hold fire south of the power line and prevent fire spread east onto the Kaibab National Forest. To achieve resource benefits, the fire is being allowed to spread south and west. Personnel did not encounter any problems with the Game Reserve Fire on Saturday, despite strong winds throughout the day in this area. 

The Game Reserve Fire is also 1 ½ miles northeast of the Ruby Fire on the Kaibab National Forest. On Saturday and Sunday, forest and park officials met to discuss management options as the fires may continue to grow across jurisdictional boundaries.    

Personnel are taking full suppression actions on the Quincy Fire due to undesirable effects from the fire. The fire continues to burn within the Outlet Fire of 2000. The plan is to keep the fire south of Forest Road 610 and to suppress it. Saturday morning, the Quincy Fire was ten acres. By mid-day, it began to grow rapidly and started spotting across Forest Road 610. Based on intense fire behavior, personnel moved away from fire lines until conditions moderated. By late afternoon, crews resumed work to contain spot fires north of the 610 road. As of Sunday morning, personnel are actively engaged in suppression efforts. Additional resources have been assigned to the incident, including four crews, five engines and one helicopter.   

The Trick Fire is inactive and in monitor status. This lightning strike fire is smoldering in pine litter within the 2002 Watson Prescribed Burn. Officials will continue to evaluate the possibility of managing the fire for resource benefits.     

For more on the role of fire in Grand Canyon National Park, please visit the park’s fire management page at http://www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm. To keep track of current fire activity in the park, please go to http://www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/fire_info.htm.   

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