Gilbert Stanley Underwood defined the rustic style architecture in the National Park Service. Bryce Canyon Lodge is Underwood’s only remaining, completely original structure in the Grand Circle. In October 2009, Bryce Canyon park rangers respond to a call “We have a fire in the lodge, flames & smoke are boiling out of the eaves.” Because the historic lodge has a properly installed and maintained fire sprinkler system, the fire was stopped.
The National Park Service is the nation’s steward for over 32,000 structures, many of them historic, many national icons, such as the Statue of Liberty, and over 80 million artifacts. These structures include hotels, motels, cabins, visitor centers, interpretive centers, and historical buildings, such as Independence Hall and many former presidents' homes.
Prevention of ignition is the first line of defense against fire in NPS buildings and is the priority of the Structural Fire Management program.