Rain halts scheduled burns

Because of recent rain, park and forest fire managers were not able to conduct the prescribed burns they had planned for last week.

But, conditions for ignition look to improve this week, so firefighters are preparing to continue with burning projects in the park and on the Tusayan Ranger District.

The Tusayan South prescribed burn will treat up to 750 acres west of state Highway 64 and south of the airport.

Fire managers will be looking for days with minimal winds to avoid smoke impacts.

However, when the burn is ignited, light haze from smoke is possible across state Highway 64.

Work on the Tusayan East and South burns is expected to be ongoing for the next several weeks. For more information, contact Sean Murphy at 928-635-5660.

Park fire managers have determined that the recent precipitation has created conditions unfavorable for several planned prescribed fires and rendered the Roosevelt Wildland Fire Use Fire on the North Rim inactive.

The Roosevelt Fire was ignited by a lightning strike and was first discovered on July 19, and has grown to approximately 5,000 acres.

Due to the inactivity of the Roosevelt Fire, the Cape Royal Road, the Cape Final Trail, and the Ken Patrick Trail, which have been closed intermittently to allow the Roosevelt Fire to burn, have been reopened.

For further information, call 928-638-7819 or visit www.nps.gov/grca/.

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