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Contact: Traci Weaver, 928-638-7065
GrandCanyon, Ariz. –National Park Service firemanagers on theNorthRim oftheGrand
Canyon are managingtheKanabownits Fireformultipleobjectives. Lightning ignited the fire Tuesday, July 8, about one mile northeast of the historic Kanabownits Cabin on the Walla Valley Peninsula.
The Kanabownits Fire, mapped July 24 at 260 acres, experienced minimal growth for several days until fire behavior increased with hot, dry weather this week. The fire, which is burning in the 2003 Poplar Fire burn area, is spreading through needle cast, logs and standing snags, as well as some Ponderosa forest. Higher humidity and very light rainfall on Thursday limited the fire’s spread. The forecast calls for similar weather Friday.
Currently 26 people, including two Wildland Fire Modules and overhead are assigned to the fire. Fire managers have also ordered a 20-person Interagency Hotshot Crew, a type 3 incident commander and a division supervisor, who are expected to arrive on Friday.
No closures are in effect at this time; however, smoke impacts may be possible.
You can follow the progress of this fire as well as view maps on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3984/. For additional fire information, please call 928-638-7819 (recorded message) or Traci Weaver, Public Information Officer, at 928-638-7065 or follow@GrandCanyonNPS on Twitter. For more on Grand Canyon’s fire management program, please visit the park’s web site at http://www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm.