The Kanabownits Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. Resource objectives include returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem in order to maintain forest health. Protection objectives include protection of sensitive cultural resources and wildlife habitat.
Significant wetting rains fell on the Kanabownits Fire Sunday, limiting fire activity until hotter, drier weather returns. Fire crews are completing maintenance work, including removing fallen trees and felling hazard trees, on the planning area boundary.
The fire organization will be downsized on Tuesday and some of the resources released.
Initial Cause: Lightning
Size: Currently 303 acres
Location: North Rim of the Grand Canyon on the Walla Valley Peninsula, near Kanabownits Springs
Today’s Weather: High of 78; minimum relative humidity 35-45%; light winds increasing to 10 mph in the afternoon; 50% chance of thunderstorms
Personnel Support: 50 personnel are assigning, including two Wildland Fire Modules, one Interagency Hotshot Crew, and several overhead
Public Impact: No closures are currently in place for the Kanabownits Fire; however smoke may be visible at times from several vantage points on the North and South Rim of the Grand Canyon
You can follow the progress of this fire as well as view maps on Inciweb.
For additional fire information, please call 928-638-7819 (recorded message) or Traci Weaver, Public Information Officer, at 928-638-7065 or follow@GrandCanyonNPS on Twitter.
For more on Grand Canyon’s fire management program, please visit the park’s web site at http://www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm.