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Grand Canyon National Park
Fire managers at Grand Canyon National Park anticipate initiating two prescribed burns on the North Rim this week as weather and fuel moisture conditions allow.
National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) fire managers, working together as the North Zone Interagency Fire Management Program, anticipate initiating a prescribed fire treatment this fall as weather and fuel moisture conditions allow near the boundary line between the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab NF and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The South Rim Fire Management Program is also planning a prescribed fire treatment this fall working with the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.
This will be the final daily update for the Fuller Fire. Future notifications will be sent out by if and when significant changes occur.
Personnel continue to make good progress on improving fire breaks along forest roads 610 and 219 as the Fuller Fire saw another day of drying out. Smoke and isolated pockets of heat remain within the burned area and will persist for some time.
The bulk of the effort on the Fuller Fire currently revolves around clean up and improvement of contingency lines along forest roads. Rains have cooled the fire’s edge but areas of heat and smoldering fuel remain as does the potential for this fire to reemerge after the monsoon.
The Fuller Fire is approximately 42 percent completed and is estimated to be 14,541 acres. Parts of the Fuller Fire received as much as 4 inches of rain throughout the week with minimal fire behavior because of heavy rains. Crews worked to clean flood debris from the roads leading to Cape Royal and Point Imperial Thursday morning and will continue to do so today.
The lightning-caused Fuller Fire continues to burn at a low intensity towards the west, producing minimal smoke. The fire is approximately 14, 493 acres and is estimated at 47 percent contained. Meteorologists predict increased moisture and rain over the weekend, which will likely slow the spread of fire.
Fire managers on the Fuller Fire are strengthening containment lines on the west side of the fire. Selective thinning along Forest Roads 610 and 611 is intended to protect the DeMotte Park area from any fire encroachment from the Fuller Fire.
As the lightning-started Fuller Fire slowly creeps west, firefighters plan to ignite along the 610 and 611 roads to create a buffer to protect infrastructure and heritage sites. This buffer will allow the Fuller Fire to burn naturally to the west without threatening the DeMotte Park area.
The Fuller Fire saw an increase in activity in the interior portions of the fire. Several islands of previously unburned mixed-conifers quickly burned Wednesday afternoon putting a small amount of smoke into the air.
The Fuller Fire is approximately 38 percent contained and is estimated at 14,385 acres.