Grand Canyon Fire Update: June 11, 2009
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Two lightening strike fires are currently burning within Grand Canyon National park. All roads and services within Grand Canyon National Park are open.
The Quincy Fire
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 continues to exhibit 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.
This fire continues to spread slowly to the south and to flank to the west, and is creating a healthy mosaic of burned and unburned areas as it moves through the forest. The southeastern edge of this fire has crossed the park boundary onto the Kaibab National Forest.
NPS and US Forest Service fire managers have already met several times to discuss management options as the Game Reserve and Ruby Fire (burning on the Kaibab National Forest 1.5 miles southwest of the Game Reserve Fire) move across the landscape toward each other. Fire officials are now making plans to manage the two fires under one organization.
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 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.
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.