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Dragon Fire on North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park grows to 85 acres

Two wildland fire personnel walk through a forest in smoke
Fire personnel monitor the Dragon Fire on the North Rim

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News Release Date: July 20, 2022

Contact: Joelle Baird, 928-606-3154

The Dragon Fire, located on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is approximately 85 acres in size. The lightning-caused fire began July 17 and is being allowed to fulfill its natural role in a fire-dependent ecosystem.

Located 5 miles west of the North Rim Lodge, the Dragon Fire is burning in continuous ponderosa pine forest. Fire managers plan to continue monitoring fire activity while buffering containment lines to the north and east of the fire. All actions are being based on firefighter and public safety as well as current and expected fire weather and environmental conditions.

As of this morning, the Tiyo Point Trail is closed and motorists driving along the W-1/Point Sublime Road should be aware of fire personnel and equipment in the vicinity. Motorists should watch out for snags across the roadway and slow down for emergency response vehicles. Southwest-west winds may move smoke east towards the North Rim Grand Canyon Lodge and smoke may also be seen from the South Rim.  

Wildfire is a natural process within the fire adapted ecosystem on the North Rim. By allowing the Dragon Fire to carry out this natural process, a variety of resource objectives will be met including reduction of hazardous fuels, promoting forest regeneration, improving wildlife habitat, and restoring a more open forest understory.

Resources assigned to the fire are 2 wildland fire engines, 2 wildland fire modules, a 20-person hand crew, 1 helicopter, and local resource specialists.  

Please visit https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/firemanagement.htm for additional information about wildland fire at Grand Canyon National Park.

To learn more about current fires in the region and across the country, visit www.inciweb.nwcg.gov.



A map of the dragon fire, located approximately 5 miles directly west of the Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge
The general vicinity of the Dragon Fire, approximately 5 miles west of the North Rim Developed Area (NPS File)

Last updated: July 20, 2022

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