Expect Isolated Thunderstorm Activity Through Thursday. A Greater Chance on the Weekend
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 928-638-7779. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. More »
Pile Burning at Indian Gardens within the Grand Canyon
Contact: Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, 928-638-7958
Contact: Dan Pearson, 928-638-7934
Grand Canyon, AZ – The National Park Service will burn piles of woody debris between Monday, February 24 through Wednesday, February 26 at Indian Gardens within Grand Canyon National Park depending on weather conditions. The piles of debris consist of tree branches, twigs, and leaves removed during hazardous fuels reduction projects around Indian Gardens Ranger Station, Indian Gardens Campground, and along the Bright Angel Trail over the past few years.
Fire managers will take advantage of existing clearings to minimize the chance of fire spread and potential spotting form the piles. The piles will be ignited by firefighters and monitored until they are completely out.
Park visitors may see or smell smoke in the vicinity of the piles located around Indian Gardens and may see smoke from piles from lookout points along West Rim Drive. Signs will be posted advising visitors of possible smoke along potentially impacted hiking corridors such as the Bright Angel Trail.
For more information on this debris burning project, please contact South District FMO Dan Pearson at 928-638-7934.
Did You Know?
At the bottom, where Unkar Creek joins the Colorado River sits Unkar Delta where prehistoric Pueblo people occupied numerous sites here for about 350 years (A.D. 850 to A.D. 1200)