Fire Management, Information and Activity

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Two wildland firefighters monitor a prescribed fire on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park (May 2021).

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The Fire Danger at Grand Canyon National Park is:

 
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South Rim: Extreme

 
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North Rim: Extreme


 
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Stage 2 Fire Restrictions effective as of 6/11/2021

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Effective June 11, 2021 Grand Canyon National Park is currently under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.

Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit the following:

1. All wood burning and charcoal fires, including campfires, warming fires, and charcoal barbeques are prohibited. The use of liquid petroleum or LPG fueled devices that can be turned on and off, such as stoves, lanterns, or heating devices are allowed if used in an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials within 3 feet of the device. This prohibition does not apply to the use of any type of fire for the purposes of lighting charcoal for cooking within the Colorado River corridor shoreline.

2. Outdoor smoking, except as specifically exempted within an enclosed vehicle.

3. Using explosives or any incendiary device; fireworks are always prohibited on public lands


More information can be found here: Grand Canyon Implements Stage 2 Fire Restrictions June 11 - Grand Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
 

During an active fire, additional information will be available here:

 
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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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Year-Round Grand Canyon Fire Restrictions:

  • 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.
 
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Prescribed fire on the North Rim of the park.

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.
 
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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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Wildland Fire QUICKLINKS:

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Arizona Wildfire Smoke and Air Quality Resources

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Fire In-Depth

Grand Canyon, Arizona Weather Forecast (NOAA)

 
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In 2019, a fire was accidentally started in Cottonwood Creek Canyon. A backpacker ignited some toilet paper in order to dispose of it and avoid packing it out, unfortunately, this small flame started a 64-acre-fire, which burned several large, old-growth cottonwood trees. Every year wildfires damage public lands and about 85% of them are caused by humans. We ask visitors to practice Leave No Trace, and never have fires outside of designated fire rings. Small actions can have huge consequences.

 
 

Last updated: June 11, 2021

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PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

928-638-7888

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