North Rim Prescribed Fire Update and Closures

Early morning smoke

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - North Zone Interagency Fire Managers estimate approximately 2,000 acres have been treated since Friday, November 2 on the Thompson prescribed fire (Rx). Fire managers decided to take advantage of favorable conditions and deepen the unit to the south, expanding defensible space between the park and the Kaibab National Forest to aid in protecting threatened and endangered species habitat adjacent to the boundary, including Apache trout and Mexican spotted owl habitat.

Trail and Road Closures due to Prescribed Fires on North Rim

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - North Zone Interagency Fire Managers have completed ignitions on the Range prescribed fire (Rx) unit. Approximately 2,300 acres have been treated. This prescribed fire has helped reduce the build-up of dead and down vegetation on the forest floor, reducing the risk of extreme fire behavior along Highway 67, the North Rim's primary egress route, and protecting and enhancing Mexican spotted owl habitat.

Update on North Rim Prescribed Fires

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - North Zone Interagency Fire Managers have treated approximately 1,700 acres of the Range prescribed fire (Rx) unit since ignitions began on Saturday, October 27. Fire managers plan to continue ignitions today and tomorrow if environmental conditions remain favorable. Approximately 2,300 total acres may be treated. This prescribed fire is helping to reduce the build-up of dead and down vegetation on the forest floor, reducing the risk of extreme fire behavior along the North Rim's primary egress route, and protecting and enhancing Mexican spotted owl habitat.

North Rim Prescribed Fires

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - North Zone Interagency Fire Managers currently anticipate initiating the Range Prescribed Fire (Range Rx) on Saturday, October 27. If conditions are favorable, fire managers plan to begin both hand and aerial ignitions before noon. If fire behavior and effects are within desired parameters, ignitions may continue for up to five days.

Google Photographing Trails with Portable Street-view Camera System

Google is using a backpack version of it's street-view camera system to photograph Grand Canyon trails and display them in Google Earth Street View. Developed to photograph places where vehicle-mounted cameras can't go, Google has announced plans to photograph the Canyon's most popular trails and rim paths: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/24/google-street-view-maps-g_n_200...

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Fire Managers Are Making Plans for Two Prescribed Fires on Grand Canyon’s North Rim

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) fire managers, working together as the North Zone Interagency Fire Management Program, are making plans for the Range and Thompson Prescribed Fires on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Fire managers anticipate initiating these prescribed fire treatments within the next four weeks as weather and fuel moisture conditions allow.

Most North Rim Facilities Closing October 15

Grand Canyon Lodge and most North Rim services will close on October 15th. Highway 67 will remain open to the North Rim until November 26 or when it is closed by snow. Part of the North Rim Campground will remain open after October 15th, as will the Visitor Center and the Backcountry Permit Office. For details, visit http://www.nps.gov/grca/parknews/2012-09-49_nr-soft-closure.htm.

Earth Science Week to be Celebrated at Grand Canyon National Park

Earth Science Week

Grand Canyon National Park invites the public to join in its celebration of Earth Science Week (ESW) and National Fossil Day during the week of October 14 – 20, 2012.

Grand Canyon National Park to Celebrate New Park Facilities: Public Invited to Attend Ribbon Cutting and Open House

NPS Photo by Michael Quinn

Date: August 30, 2012
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - On Wednesday, September 12, Grand Canyon National Park will celebrate the completion of several new park facilities intended to promote healthy outdoor activity in the park and to increase visitor access to the South Rim by means other than automobile.

Grand Canyon National Park to Manage Two Fires on North Rim

Date: August 9, 2012
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Fire managers on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will be managing two lightning-caused fires for multiple objectives.

Tiyo Fire: The Tiyo Fire is less than one-quarter acre in size and is located on the Outlet Peninsula approximately three miles west of the North Rim developed area and two miles south of the Basin. It is burning primarily in ponderosa pine with some pockets of mixed-conifer and aspen. The area last burned in 2005 during the Dragon Fire.

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