Fire Management, Information and Activity

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Monitoring a prescribed fire on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park
 
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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 in place at this time.
 

Grand Canyon National Park Active Fire Information

The last news release was issued for the Obi Fire on 8/18/2018. There are no new fires burning in the park. For updates, you can follow our News Release Webpage.

During an active fire, additional information is available from:

 
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Grand Canyon National Park News Releases


Also check:
Grand Canyon National Park's Twitter Feed:
https://twitter.com/GrandCanyonNPS
 
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InciWeb Website:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

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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.

Also, Arizona Fire News

 

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.

 

There are no additional Fire Restrictions at this time.


Increased monsoonal activity has significantly lowered the fire danger risk for Grand Canyon National Park. On Friday, July 13, 2018 at 8:00 am, stage 2 fire restrictions were rescinded for the entire Grand Canyon National Park.

Grand Canyon remains in stage 1 restrictions year-round which requires that a campfire always be in a designated fire ring within maintained campground. Inner canyon users can use gas cook stoves, but campfires and other open fires are never allowed below the rim. River users should continue to follow the conditions of their permit regarding fires along the Colorado River.

Grand Canyon National Park entered Stage 2 fire restrictions on June 11, 2018.

Visitors and residents will be allowed to use charcoal grills and have campfires now that the restrictions have been lifted. Firewood will be available for purchase at park concessions operations after 8 am on July 13, 2018.
 

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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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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Fire In-Depth

Grand Canyon, Arizona Weather Forecast (NOAA)

 
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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: August 24, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

(928) 638-7888

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