Recent monsoonal activity in the region resulted in several new lightning ignited fires on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park over the past several days. Fire crews are actively working to suppress three fires within Grand Canyon National Park.
The Obi Fire was detected on July 21st and is located in the far southwest corner of the Wahalla Plateau above Obi Point. Because of this fire’s location and propensity for unnecessary risk to firefighter safety, fire managers have elected a confine-and-contain suppression strategy, which involves defining a planning area while providing for point protection of identified sensitive natural and cultural resources.
Smoke is visible from both the North and South Rims of the park. At this time there are no road closures, individuals driving along Cape Royal Road should be aware of fire crews working in the vicinity. Motorist should turn on their headlights and slow down for emergency response vehicles.