Grand Canyon National Park Fire Update
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Three lightening strike fires are currently burning within Grand Canyon National Park.
The Quincy Fire
The Quincy Fire is approximately 80 acres in size and is currently estimated at 20% containment. Yesterday, firefighters completed a fire line around the fire. Fire managers plan to continue securing that fire line and increasing percent containment. Due to decreased activity on the fire, fire managers have also begun to scale back operations.
The Game Reserve Fire
On its north and east sides, the Game Reserve Fire is being managed with protection objectives. On the north side, it is being held at the power line on the south side of Hwy 64 with the objective of keeping fire south of the power line. On the east side, fire managers plan to hold the fire at park road e10. The east perimeter of the fire is currently exhibiting little activity.
On the south and west sides, the Game Reserve Fire is being managed for resource benefit. The benefits fire managers hope to achieve include reducing unnatural fuel accumulations and returning fire to its natural role in a fire-dependent ecosystem.
Recent activity on this fire has primarily been flanking growth to the west where the fire is creating a healthy mosaic of burned and unburned areas as it moves through the forest. Although the fire is exhibiting minimal growth to the south at this time, it has crossed the park boundary onto the Kaibab National Forest.
Smoke and some fire activity from the Game Reserve Fire are visible from Hwy 64 in the general vicinity of Grandview Point. To facilitate traffic flow, park visitors are asked not to stop or pull over in the vicinity of the fire.
The growth trend of the Game Reserve Fire has been, and is expected to continue to be, to the south and west. The Ruby Fire, within Kaibab National Forest, is located approximately 1.5 miles southwest of the Game Reserve Fire. As a result, forest and park fire managers met again today to discuss management options as these two fires continue to move across the landscape toward each other.
The Trick Fire
Updates on these three fires will be provided as significant changes in size, activity, or fire management objectives occur.
To learn more about the role of fire in Grand Canyon National Park, please visit the park’s fire management page at www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm. To keep track of current fire activity in the park, please go to www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/fire_info.htm.
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Did You Know?
Within the Grand Canyon, the type and abundance of organisms is directly related to the presence or absence of water. The Colorado River and its tributaries, as well as springs, seeps, stock tanks and ephemeral pools provide oases to flora and fauna in this semi-arid southwest desert area.