The Fuller Fire is burning at Point Imperial at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The fire is approximately 14,385 acres and estimated at 65 percent contained.
Yesterday: Over an inch of rain fell across the majority of the fire Friday afternoon. However, fire managers continued to actively monitor internal smoldering to the north and west of the fire. Crews worked to remove hazards along Cape Royal and Point Imperial Roads in anticipation of
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.
Crews yesterday continued to hold and strengthen containment lines to the north and south of the Fuller Fire. Firefighters also begin mop-up operations including the removal of hazard trees near roads along the fire perimeter. Internal smoldering continued to reduce the build-up of dead woody material on the forest floor.
The Fuller Fire area received a wetting rain yesterday totaling between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. These rains helped crews hold and strengthen existing fire perimeter lines to the north and south. Crews reported low intensity smoldering and creeping fire behavior as woody ground cover and logs were consumed.
Yesterday on the Fuller Fire, winds continued to spur natural fire growth to the north across the fire-adapted landscape. However, increased cloud cover and higher humidity moderated fire behavior, allowing for additional control work to the northeast and south. Crews conducted burnout operations on the northeast end of the fire near FSR 8910 in the South Canyon Point area. Firefighters also conducted two miles of burnout operations overnight along Cape Royal Road to help prevent new fire spread on the Walhalla Plateau.
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.