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.
National Park Service fire managers on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon are managing the Kanabownits Fire for multiple objectives. Lightning ignited the fire Tuesday, July 8, about one mile northeast of the historic Kanabownits Cabin on the Walla Valley Peninsula.
Fire managers on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park have decided to manage the Kanabowntis Fire for multiple objectives.
The lightning-caused Kanabowntis Fire was discovered in Grand Canyon National Park on Tuesday, July 8 at 7: 16 p.m. and is approximately 4 acres in size. Current fire behavior is moderate with backing in needle cast, and dead and down trees, and burning in a few standing snags.
The fire is located approximately 1 mile northeast of the historic Kanabowntis Cabin on the Walla Valley Peninsula.
Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers will lift fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park.
On June 13, the park implemented restrictions on all wood burning and charcoal fires, including campfires, warming fires and charcoal barbecues. As monsoonal moisture settles into the area, fire danger has decreased allowing fire managers to lift those restrictions.
Once again, favorable weather conditions today allowed firefighters to make good progress in building and improving containment lines along the W-4 Road to the north and south of the historic Kanabownits Cabin. These containment lines have been constructed to protect the cabin and hold the fire west of the W-4 Road on the Walla Valley Peninsula. The fire is now estimated at 1,100 acres.
Firefighters were successful today in holding the Galahad Fire to the west of the W-4 Road, even though they were faced with higher temperatures, lower relative humidity and gusty winds. Yesterday, these same conditions caused three spot fires across the W-4 road to the east, but firefighters were able to quickly contain them. The fire is estimated at 1,975 acres.
Reported on May 23, the Galahad Fire is burning on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
Beginning Thursday, May 29, two road closures are in effect for public and firefighter safety: the W4 road is closed from the junction of the FS268B road south to Point Sublime. The W1 road, also known as Point Sublime Road, is closed from the W4 junction, east to the western end of the Basin.
Smoke is visible from Fredonia, AZ and the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
National Park Service fire managers on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon have decided to manage the Galahad Fire for multiple objectives.
The lightning-caused Galahad Fire was discovered in Grand Canyon National Park on Friday, May 23, 2014 and is approximately 223 acres in size. Current fire behavior is moderate with isolated and group torching in Ponderosa Pine. The fire is located approximately 1 mile south west of the historic Kanabownits Cabin on the Walla Valley Peninsula.
On Friday, May 23, four fire starts were reported on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. The North Rim of the park is currently at High Fire danger and the South Rim is at Very High Fire Danger. A storm produced rain and hail on the North Rim moderating fire behavior.
As of today, two fires are controlled: Jim Fire at 1/3 acre and the Dragon Fire at unknown acres.
One fire is in monitor status: Galahad Fire at 2 acres.