Firefighters took advantage of scattered rain and reduced fire behavior yesterday to strengthen fire control lines ahead of potential future fire spread to the west and north on the Fuller Fire. Mop up operations successfully cooled hot spots and removed hazard trees along the Point Imperial and Cape Royal Roads. Fire continued to consume heavy dead and down timber inside control lines, effectively cleaning the forest floor and improving overall forest health.
“Much of the Fuller Fire is smoldering in rugged and remote country to the north and west,” said Incident Commander, Alan Sinclair. “These areas may continue to burn naturally for some time as monsoonal rains ebb and flow across the landscape.”
There is a 40% chance of rain again today which will aid firefighters in continued mop-up operations along Cape Royal and Point Imperials Roads with in the Park. Crews are also working to rehabilitate fire lines when it is safe to do so. The fire will continue to smolder internally as the area dries out with arriving hotter and drier weather this weekend.
The following areas are now open: Highway 67; North Rim Visitor Center, Lodge and Campground; FSR 22 and Rainbow Rim Trail on Kaibab National Forest.
The following areas remain closed: 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, South Canyon Trail. Road closures include: Fuller Canyon Road; Cape Royal Road; Point Imperial Road; FSR 610; FSR 611. Closures will be in place until further notice.
Fuller Fire Summary:
- Start Date: June 29, 2016
- Cause: Lightning
- Location: Point Imperial, N. Grand Canyon NP
- Size: 14,348 acres
- Containment: 7%
- Personnel: 540
- Fuels: timber, grass, rugged terrain
- Smoke: South winds will push any smoke produced to the north over the House Rock Valley area. For more information on smoke and your health visit: http://wildlandfire.az.gov/links.asp#Smoke
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