Fuller Fire update: limited new fire growth; mop-up continues

View of the Fuller Fire, date not specified | Photo by Rex Khun, St. George News

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — As of Friday morning, the Fuller Fire – started by lightning June 29 on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park – is at 15 percent containment, with a limited growth of 48 acres since the last update.

Firefighters continue to strengthen fire control lines ahead of potential future fire spread to the west and north over the coming weeks and months. Crew also worked to remove hazards along Cape Royal and Point Imperial Roads.

“We are taking a holistic, long-term approach to the Fuller Fire,” said Ed Hiatt, North Zone Interagency Fire Management Officer. “The fire could naturally help restore the forest until snowfall, and we are fully prepared for that possibility.”

 Fire burns along Cape Royal Road during nighttime burnout operations on the Fuller Fire on July 17, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon NPS, St. George News
Fire burns along Cape Royal Road during nighttime burnout operations on the Fuller Fire on July 17, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon NPS, St. George News

Extensive work will continue along Cape Royal and Imperial Point Roads in anticipation of opening theses roads to park visitors as soon as it is safe to do so. Crews are also working to rehabilitate fire lines to limit fire suppression impacts on the land.

The fire will continue to smolder internally as the area dries out with the anticipated weather becoming hotter and drier this weekend.

The southwest winds will push any smoke produced to the northeast. For more information on smoke and your health, go to the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention website.

The following roads are now open: Highway 67; North Rim Visitor Center, Lodge and Campground; FSR 22 and Rainbow Rim Trail on Kaibab National Forest.

Closures

The following road closures continue to be in effect:

  • all U.S. Forest Service areas east of Highway 67 and south of Tater Ridge Rd (FSR 213) and east of House Rock Valley Rd (FSR 8910)
  • Fuller Canyon Road
  • Cape Royal Road
  • Point Imperial Road
  • FSR 610
  • FSR 611

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.

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