Grand Canyon NP
9/7/2011

North Rim:

  • Woolsey Fire: This lightning-caused fire was discovered August 27 and has grown to 360 acres in size. The fire is being managed to achieve resource and protection objectives. CLICK HERE to view photos and maps of the fire and to follow its progress on InciWeb.
  • Point Fire: The Point Fire has grown to approximagely 4,120 acres in size. The fire is being managed for multiple objectives, including maintaining fire in a fire-dependent ecosystem. CLICK HERE to view photos and maps of the fire and to follow its progress on InciWeb.
  • Bright Fire: This lightning-caused fire was discovered September 1, is 5 acres in size and has been controlled.
  • Pile Burning: Fire managers are burning piles of woody debris in several locations, including along the west side of Highway 67 between the North Rim entrance station and Lindbergh Hill.CLOSURES:
  • The Point Imperial Road has been temporarily closed from the Fuller Canyon “Y” toPoint Imperial due to the Woolsey Fire.
  • The Ken Patrick Trail is also temporarily closed between the Cape Royal Road and Forest Service Road 610.
  • The Point Sublime Road (w4) is closed until further notice from its junction with the w1 road, out to and including Point Sublime.
  • The w1 road is closed west of the Basin and south of the junction with the Swamp Ridge Road.

South Rim:

  • Lower Fire: The NPS and USFS are working cooperatively on the Lower Fire so that they can manage it across the landscape. The fire is 500 acres in size and is being managed for multiple objectives, including returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem. CLICK HERE to view photos and maps of the fire and to follow its progress on InciWeb.
  • Manual thinning of hazardous fuels continues in and around Grand Canyon Village. To learn more, CLICK HERE
    What will I see?
     You may see firefighters using chainsaws, mechanical chippers and other mechanized equipment in the Hopi Point and Supai Camp areas. You will also see downed limbs and small diameter trees, as well as teepee-like piles of woody debris which should not be disturbed as they will be treated in a way that aids in the recycling of nutrients.
  • Pile Burning: Fire managers are burning piles of woody debris created by manual hazardous fuels reduction in the vicinity of Market Plaza and Grand Canyon School as weather allows.

SMOKE:

  • Smoke from the Point and Woolsey Fires has been settling into the canyon as temperatures cool in the evening and then rising back out as they warm in the morning, causing temporary impacts to visibility at the canyon rim. Smoke is visible from the South Rim, Highway 64 as far south as Valle, Highway 67, the North Rim entrance station and some North Rim viewpoints.
  • Smoke from the Lower Fire may be visible from Desert View Drive (Highway 64) near Moran Point.

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