Warmer, drier weather has led to increased fire activity on the Fuller Fire. The lightning-caused fire is located on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, north of Fuller Canyon Road, about three miles west/southwest of Point Imperial. No structures are threatened. There are no road or trail closures in effect at this time.
The fire is located within an area that burned with high fire severity during the 2000 Outlet Fire. Fuels in the area include dead and down logs and stands of aspen regeneration. Firefighters conducted an aerial reconnaissance flight this afternoon and estimate the fire is approximately 250 acres. The fire remains within the designated planning area. Additional fire resources including a Type 3 Incident Commander have been ordered to assist and are expected to arrive tomorrow.
The Fuller Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. Resource objectives include returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem. Protection objectives include the protection of sensitive wildlife habitat.
Hot, dry conditions are expected to continue for the next week. Continued growth is anticipated based on current and expected weather conditions. Fire managers may use a full range of actions to delay, direct, or minimize the spread of fire if necessary.
Smoke may be visible from Highway 67 and the North Rim, and may impact trails in the area at times. Breathing smoke is not healthy for anyone, but some people are at greater risk, including people with heart or lung disease, children, and the elderly. If it looks smoky, you may want to limit or avoid exercise or other outdoor activities. Visit http://wildlandfire.az.gov/links.asp#Smoke for more information on smoke and your health.
You can follow the progress of this fire as well as view maps and photos on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4845/.