Halfway Fire near Grand Canyon is fully contained

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Halfway Fire on June 20 By Jennifer Thomas Halfway Fire on June 20 By Jennifer Thomas
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

TUSAYAN, Ariz. -- The Halfway Fire burning in Northern Arizona is fully contained, according to National Park Service officials.

The fire started at about 3 p.m. Wednesday and was burning on National Forest and National Park lands five miles east of Tusayan and north of Ten X Ranch.

On Thursday, the fire was moving into areas that previously experienced either prescribed fire or wildfire, which officials said has allowed crews to move quickly and safely to suppress the fire while minimizing risk.

More than 60 personnel were on the scene.

At 3 p.m. Thursday, ofiicials said the fire was 100 percent contained.

Officials said updated mapping confirmed the fire is approximately 250 acres in size.

Crews will be continuing mop-up work Friday and Saturday.

The wildfire led to evacuations at Grandview Point inside Grand Canyon National Park Wednesday evening as the smoke from the blaze made its way to the South Rim, according to The Arizona Daily Sun.

Because of reduced fire activity, Grandview Point has reopened for public use and there are no future anticipated evacuations.

No structures are being threatened by the Halfway Fire, and there are currently no road closures.

The cause of the Halfway Fire remains under investigation.