GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — Grand Canyon National Park is implementing closures of a road and surrounding trails on the North Rim as firefighters work to contain a wildfire.
Cape Royal Road, Cape Final Trail and Cliff Spring Trail will close Saturday at 9 p.m. The closure is for public and firefighter safety as crews combat the fire on Walhalla Plateau.
Park visitors driving along Cape Royal Road or hiking at Cape Final or Cliff Spring are required to be out of the area by the 9 p.m. closure time. The temporary closure is in effect until further notice. The road to Point Imperial and all other North Rim trails and facilities are still open.
The wildfire, referred to by fire managers as the Obi Fire, is approximately 2,270 acres in size as of Friday. Growth has primarily been in the northern and eastern portions of the fire perimeter.
“While crews continue prep of the Walhalla Plateau, we would like to acknowledge the inconvenience it creates for visitors and appreciate their understanding in prioritizing firefighter and public safety,” incident commander trainee Bryan Hakanson said in a news release issued by the National Park Service.
Located in the far southwest corner of the Wahalla Plateau above Obi Point, the Obi Fire started July 21.
Fire managers plan to continue their current strategy of confining and containing the lightning-caused fire in a predetermined area while providing protection for sensitive natural and cultural resources.
Each fire start is evaluated by fire managers for the most appropriate management strategy. Firefighter safety, resources at risk, location of the fire, available resources, regional and national preparedness levels and weather forecast are taken into consideration when responding to a wildfire.
Smoke from the Obi Fire is visible from both the North and South rims of the park. Visitors may see increased smoke or haze filling the canyon. For more information about air quality at Grand Canyon National Park visit the AirNow website.