Weather Helps Firefighters Meet Management Objectives
Contact: Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Due to favorable weather conditions today, including lower temperatures, higher relative humidity and lighter winds the Galahad Fire showed little growth and is now estimated at 743 acres. The fire remains west of the W-4 Road and south of the historic Kanabownits Cabin.
Firefighters were able to burn out along the handline from the canyon rim, around the cabin and tie into the W-4 road to confine the fire in that area. This burnout operation was conducted to protect Mexican Spotted Owl habitat, in mixed conifer forest located in the northeast portion of the fire, as well as providing structure protection for the cabin.
Fire managers continue to prepare handline north of the cabin to utilize during additional burnout operations over the next few days. Fire managers continue to monitor the natural progress of the fire where it is benefiting the landscape.
Approximately 125 personnel are currently assigned to the fire including two wildland fire modules, two 20-person hotshot crews, six engine crews (32 people), a water tender and miscellaneous overhead. These personnel include federal, state and local cooperators.
Two road closures are in effect for public and firefighter safety; the W4 road is closed from the junction of the FS268B road south to Pont Sublime and the W1 road, also known as the Point Sublime Road, is closed from the W4 junction, east to the western end of the Basin.
The lightning-caused Galahad Fire was discovered on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park on Friday, May 23, 2014 on the Walla Valley Peninsula, west of the main park road. This fire is being managed for resource and protection objectives including returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem in order to maintain forest health and protection of sensitive cultural resources and wildlife habitat.
You can follow the progress of this fire as well as view maps and pictures on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov. For additional fire information, please call 928-638-7819 (recorded message) or follow @GrandCanyonNPS on Twitter.