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Grand Canyon National Park always operates under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.

  • Campfires must be contained in designated fire rings within maintained campgrounds.

  • If you are hiking and camping below the rim, gas cook stoves may be used, but campfires and other open fires are never allowed.
  • Boating trips on the Colorado River are required to contain any fires in a metal fire pan placed on a fire blanket.

There are no additional Fire Restrictions at this time.

As of May 31, 2018, Grand Canyon National Park remains in Stage 1 fire restrictions. With current and predicted weather and fuel conditions, visitors and residents should prepare for Stage 2 fire restrictions in the coming weeks.

When Grand Canyon National Park implements Stage 2 fire restrictions, all wood burning and charcoal fires, campfires, warming fires, and charcoal barbecues will be prohibited throughout the park, including in all campgrounds and residential areas. Pressurized liquid gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters with shut-off devices are allowed. Park stores will not sell firewood.

There are no incidents at this time.


During an active fire, more detailed information is available from:

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For more fire information in and around Grand Canyon National Park, visit the Arizona Emergency Information Network, the official site for alerts and bulletins on emergencies and disasters in Arizona, including public health and safety advisories, homeland security alerts and disaster relief bulletins.
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Grand Canyon Fire Restrictions

Please review the year-round fire regulations in place at Grand Canyon National Park:

  • Within the park, fires are only allowed in designated campgrounds and may only be ignited in grills or designated fire rings.
  • If you are hiking and camping below the rim, cook stoves may be used, but campfires and other open fires are never allowed.
  • If you are on a river trip, campfires are only allowed in elevated metal pans, and use of a fire proof blanket under the pan is required.

For information about fire restrictions on other public lands in Arizona and New Mexico call the Southwest Area Fire Restriction Information Line at 877-864-6985.


The Fire Danger at Grand Canyon National Park is:

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South Rim: Very High

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North Rim: High

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Fire Management at Grand Canyon National Park

Fire has the potential to change park landscapes more often than volcanoes, earthquakes or even floods. Such forces of change are completely natural and often necessary. Plants and animals have evolved with, and many depend on, the role fire plays in creating and maintaining a diversity of habitats.

Fire managers at Grand Canyon National Park follow a comprehensive fire plan that allows the restoration of fire regimes through a full range of management tools. Natural fire, prescribed fire, hazard fuel reduction, and fire effects monitoring help restore natural processes while providing for firefighter and public safety.

Grand Canyon National Park has one of the most active fire management programs in the National Park Service. Select a topic below to learn more.

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Fire Ecology and Education
Learn about the history and importance of fire in shaping the plant communities above the Rims of Grand Canyon.

Community Wildfire Prevention & Safety
Is your home and property firesafe?
Here is information on how to reduce the risk of fire loss and damage.

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Helicopter Training Academy
Work on your taskbooks at the Grand Canyon! We offer two-week sessions to federal and non-federal employees interested in completing their HECM, HELB, and HELM certifications.
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Fire Management Planning
Check here for planning documents that guide our fire management operations.

Related Information

View photos of Grand Canyon's Fire and Aviation program.

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Fire In-Depth

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Fire can be utilized to shape the landscape and achieve large-scale resource goals. Conversely, wildland fire can also adversely impact our resources, both natural and cultural. The Grand Canyon Fire Management Program views the wise use of fire as an important tool in the effort to reduce the impacts and restore balance to our ecosystems.

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The secret to the Ponderosa pine's success is how well it has adapted to fire. What can people who live in fire-prone areas learn from the tree's defenses?


Last updated: May 31, 2018

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Grand Canyon, AZ 86023


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