Fire in Grand Canyon National Park is 90 percent contained

Grand Fire

Credit: Jessica Pope/NPS

Picture from top of Bright Angel Point Trail on North Rim June 12

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 15 at 10:41 AM

WILLIAMS, Ariz. -- A fire burning in both the Kaibab National Forest and Grand Canyon National Park is 90 percent contained.

The Grand Fire was spotted early Tuesday afternoon and was estimated at 480 acres Thursday night. Full containment is expected early next week.

“A rapid, coordinated response from both the US Forest Service and National Park Service personnel was key to containing the fire quickly,” said Nick Larson, Tusayan District Ranger.

The fire is located eight miles east of Tusayan, Ariz., and 11 miles southeast of Grand Canyon Village, in the vicinity of the Grandview Lookout Tower and the Arizona Trail. The area last burned in 2009 during the Ruby Complex.
 
Approximately 60 firefighters will continue patrolling for hot spots, removing hazard trees along roads and mopping up.
 
A DC10 air tanker and two single engine air tankers were utilized on the fire Tuesday during initial attack. The DC10 dropped two loads of retardant on the north flank of the fire to assist firefighters on the ground in keeping the fire from endangering a utility corridor and damaging power lines.
 
Officials advise the public to avoid the fire area around Grandview Lookout Tower. Hazards include burned trees that may fall across forest roads and smoke on local roadways, impairing visibility.

As a safety precaution, Arizona Trail users need to be prepared to detour off the trail between Forest Road 303 at Watson Tank and the junction of Forest Roads 301 and 310 near Lockett Lake.

All roads and trails in Grand Canyon National Park are open.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Grand Fire information is posted on Inciweb at www.inciweb.org.
 

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