GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - On July 14, the National Park Service found two small lightning-caused fires burning on the North Rim. The next day, rangers found a third fire.
Fuller Fire: The Fuller Fire is less than one-tenth of an acre in size and is burning in a single tree. It is located on Fuller Canyon road within the 2000 Outlet Fire burn area.
Meadow Fire: The Meadow Fire is one-half acre in size and is located west of Highway 67 and approximately 1.75 miles south of the North Rim Entrance Station. It is burning in a mixed-conifer forest.
Hades Fire: The Hades Fire is two-tenths of an acre and is located north of the Basin, approximately one-half mile west of the Range Road.
After taking into consideration the fire's locations, the fuels they are burning and current and predicted weather, the National Park Service has decided to manage all three fires for multiple reasons. They include maintaining fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem and reduction of accumulated forest fuels. Protection objectives include protection of firefighter and visitor safety, sensitive cultural resources and critical wildlife habitat.
Because monsoonal rains continue, little growth is expected on these fires. If rains should decrease and a drying trend occur, growth on all the fires is possible and smoke may become visible from Highway 67 within the park, Fuller Canyon Road, Cape Royal Road, the North Rim developed area and South Rim viewpoints.
Currently, there are no fire-related road or trail closures on the North Rim. The Park Service will post more news releases about these fires if they significantly change in size, activity or if management objectives occur.
More information on Grand Canyon's Fire Management program is available at www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm.