Today firefighters reported extreme fire behavior today including short crown runs and group tree torching as rapidly moved to the northeast in the Saddle Mountain Wilderness. However, nighttime burnout operations along Cape Royal Road successfully held the fire to the north and east of the Road. Fire managers are continuing to assess containment options on the west side of the fire as well as preparing FSR 219 to the north of the main fire.
Gusty winds and single digit humidity fueled fire growth throughout the day. Fire managers are closely monitoring aggressive fire movement to the south near the Cape Royal Road and Point Imperial Road junction as conditions safely allow.
Today winds from the south and southwest, up to 20mph, with a low relative humidity of 9% led to continued fire growth. The fire is currently estimated to be approximately 2,949 acres due to better mapping.
The Southwest Type 2 Incident Management Team #3 assumed command of the Fuller Fire at 6 a.m. this morning. Yesterday, additional resources arrived to support the Fuller Fire. Approximately 200 personnel are currently assigned including 3 hotshot crews, one hand crew, 3 helicopters, 5 engines, one dozer, and 3 water tenders.
Firefighters conducted an aerial reconnaissance flight this afternoon and estimate the Fuller Fire is approximately 1,324 acres. Approximately 66 personnel are currently assigned including one hotshot crew, one hand crew, and three engines. 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. The North Rim Developed Area remains open.
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.