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Contact: Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, 928-638-7958
Contact: Chelsea Sullivan, 928-638-7609
Grand Canyon, Ariz.- On Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Grand Canyon National Park fire crews discovered a wildfire on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
Fire crews are actively working to suppress the lightning ignited Imperial Fire. Currently the fire is estimated to be three (3) acres in size and is located along the Cape Royal Road near Vista Encantada.
Smoke is visible from both the North and South Rims of the park. At this time there are no road closures, individuals driving along Cape Royal Road should be aware of fire crews working. Motorist should turn on their headlights and slow down for emergency response vehicles.
Grand Canyon National Park is seeing an increase in wildfire starts due to monsoonal lightning patterns. Each fire start is evaluated by fire management officials and placed in monitor or full suppression status. The decision to suppress or monitor a fire is based on location, available resources, regional and national preparedness levels, and weather forecast. Fires below the rim are placed in monitor status.
For additional information about wildland fire at Grand Canyon National Park, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/firemanagement.htm.