Grand Canyon National Park

The lightning-caused Belknap Fire that is being managed to improve forest health on the Tusayan Ranger District has grown to 1,156 acres, reaching close to half of what fire managers expect to be its final size.

Yesterday, fire managers used both aerial and hand management ignitions to establish lower-intensity backing fire at the tops of ridges to reduce the risk of undesirable high-intensity uphill runs.  More than 760 acres were treated due to successful management ignitions as well as the natural spread of the fire within predetermined boundaries.

Widespread rain has temporarily stalled the growth of the four lightning-caused fires that are being managed to improve forest health on the Kaibab National Forest and on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.

Fire managers expect that the four fires, which have been burning since earlier this month, will continue growing and benefiting the ecosystem as drier conditions return to northern Arizona over the next few days.

With the return of monsoonal precipitation to all fires, growth and activity have slowed. Crews continue to monitor the fires and complete preparation work ahead of drier conditions forecasted to return mid-week.

Smoke will be much lighter today and tonight. Fire managers continue to coordinate with neighboring forests, national parks, municipal fire departments, and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to monitor smoke impacts.

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.

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.


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