Grand Canyon north rim fire considered contained

Grand Canyon north rim fire considered contained

Credit: Jay Lusher/National Park Service

May 27 aerial view of the Galahad Fire

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by Associated Press

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Posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 11:53 AM

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- A lightning-caused wildfire burning on the Grand Canyon's north rim is considered virtually contained and no longer a threat to park resources.

Grand Canyon National Park officials say the nearly 5-square-mile Galahad Fire is not out but that fire managers are confident it'll stay west of a road on the Walla Valley Peninsula.

The fire is officially only 30 percent contained but park officials say the rest of the fire is naturally contained by the canyon rim and previously burned areas with little fuel left to burn.

Officials say what fire activity is left continues to improve forest health and wildlife habitat.

Some crews and engines will continue to monitor the fire while others are being released so they're available for other fires as needed.

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