Fire managers on the Fuller Fire are strengthening containment lines on the west side of the fire. Selective thinning along Forest Roads 610 and 611 is intended to protect the DeMotte Park area from any fire encroachment from the Fuller Fire.
As the lightning-started Fuller Fire slowly creeps west, firefighters plan to ignite along the 610 and 611 roads to create a buffer to protect infrastructure and heritage sites. This buffer will allow the Fuller Fire to burn naturally to the west without threatening the DeMotte Park area.
With moisture and rain predicted over the weekend, fire managers feel confident that limited ignition operations will help protect infrastructure without contributing to any major fire spread. Smoke from ignition operations may be observed in the area.
Thinning operations in the area will provide long term protection from future wildfires to those developed areas.
Smoke: Northeast winds are expected today. For more information on smoke and your health visit: http://wildlandfire.az.gov/links.asp#Smoke
Open: Highway 67; North Rim Visitor Center, Lodge and Campground; Fuller Canyon Road; Point Imperial and Cape Royal Roads; Cape Royal Trail; Cape Final Trail; Cliff Springs Trail; and FSR 22 and Rainbow Rim Trail on the Kaibab National Forest.
Closures: These closures are in place until further notice. All USFS areas east of Highway 67 and south of Tater Ridge Rd (FSR 213) and east of House Rock Valley Rd (FSR 8910). Trails: Arizona Trail: Lindberg Hill north to the Park boundary; Ken Patrick Trail: starting at the Uncle Jim Trail junction; Point Imperial Trail; Nankoweap Trail; Saddle Mountain Trail; and South Canyon Trail. Road closures include: FSR 610 and FSR 611. All closures remain in place until further notice.
Fuller Fire Summary:
- Start Date: June 29, 2016
- Cause: Lightning
- Location: Point Imperial, N. Rim Grand Canyon NP
- Acres: 14,385
- Completion: 45%
- Total Personnel: 299
- Fuels/Topography: Timber, grass, rugged terrain
- Weather: Showers expected to continue through the next five – seven days
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