Fuller fire update: Smoldering continues; drier weather predicted

Cold trailing the fire, checking for hotspots. | North Rim, Arizona, undated | Photo courtesy of the National Park Service, St. George News

NORTH RIM, Ariz. — The Fuller fire at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon stood at 5 percent contained Wednesday, while 572 firefighters continued to hold and strengthen the containment lines to the north and south of the fire.

Firefighters began mop up operations as well including removal of hazard trees near roads by the fire perimeter. The build up of dead wood material on the forest floor is being reduced by internal smoldering and is being watched carefully.

“There is still active fire on the landscape,” Southwest Incident Management fire behavioral management team leader Stewart Turner said. “Our firefighters will remain vigilant as we hold the fire in some areas and allow healthy spread in others.”

Rain is expected Wednesday night and will help limit new fire growth. Drier conditions are expected for Thursday, however, and crews are preparing to the north ahead of any new fire growth.

Closures

All US Forest Service areas east of Highway 67 and south of Tater Ridge Rd (FSR 213) and east of House Rock Valley Rd (FSR 8910). 

Trails: Arizona Trail: Lindberg Hill north to the Park boundary; Ken Patrick Trail: starting at the Uncle Jim Trail junction; Point Imperial Trail; Nankoweap Trail; Saddle Mountain Trail, South Canyon Trail. Road closures include: Fuller Canyon Road; Cape Royal Road; Point Imperial Road; FSR 610; FSR 611.

Closures will be in place until further notice.

Highway 67 and the North Rim Visitor Center, Lodge and Campground are OPEN as well as FSR22 and Rainbow Rim Trail on Kaibab National Forest.

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