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Tue, March 19

Fuller Fire less threatening after rainfall

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GRAND CANYON – The Fuller fire, burning near Point Imperial on the North Rim of Grand Canyon, is at 14,131 acres but is not growing, thanks to rain that fell Monday. July 18.

The lighting-caused fire started June 29, and is still at zero percent containment, but firefighters have established containment lines to the north and south of the main body of fire, according to a press release issued by the incident commander, Alan Sinclair.

Fire crews are watching the fire’s activity, which they described as “low intensity smoldering and creeping fire behavior as woody ground cover and logs were consumed.”

“Fire has been a natural process across this landscape for thousands of years,” said Randall Walker, District Ranger for the Kaibab National Forest. “Our special Wilderness places will be more sustainable and resilient in the future because of this fire.”

Firefighters were expected to start mop-up operations as they searched for any hot spots near existing fire perimeter control lines Tuesday.

Many trails are closed in the area, as is the forest east of Highway 67 and south of Tater Ridge Road and east of House Rock Valley Road.

Highway 67 and the North Rim Visitor Center, Lodge and Campground are open along with Forest Service Road 22 and Rainbow Rim Trail on Kaibab National Forest.

Recorded information is available at 928-638-7688.


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