Fire managers raise danger rating to moderate

Low-severity surface fire moves through mixed conifer forest, Quaking Fire, North Kaibab Ranger District, Arizona, July 30, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Dave Gesser - US Forest Service, St. George News

WILLIAMS, Arizona — Fire managers raised the fire danger rating to “moderate” Tuesday across the Williams Ranger District, Tusayan Ranger District and the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

The fire danger rating on the North Kaibab Ranger District and the north zone of the Grand Canyon National Park remain low, but north zone fire managers are continuously monitoring conditions on the Kaibab Plateau and will increase fire danger levels to moderate when appropriate.

Forest visitors are reminded to use extreme caution when camping as warming temperatures, lack of precipitation, lowering humidity levels and high winds are ideal conditions for wildfires to spark up. Visitors are also reminded to check with local district ranger offices and ask if any fire restrictions are in effect, as this can quickly change.

Fire managers use the National Fire Danger Rating System to assist in determining preparedness levels and when campfire and smoking restrictions may be implemented. Using this tool helps fire managers to identify critical times when fires can become difficult to control.

Resources

  • Fire information line: 928-635-8311
  • Text message: text ‘follow kaibabnf’ to 40404

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