Rains bring relief to Fuller Fire, mop-up work begins

Wetting rains over the Fuller Fire on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is helping to relieve firefighting efforts. Photo/NPS

Wetting rains over the Fuller Fire on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is helping to relieve firefighting efforts. Photo/NPS

GRAND CANYON - NORTH RIM, Ariz. - The Fuller Fire on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) received a wetting rain yesterday totaling between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. The rains helped crews hold and strengthen existing fire perimeter lines to the north and south.

The Fuller Fire is a lightning caused fire which started June 29. As of July 19 it has reached more than 14,131 acres.

The fire has not reached the Navajo Nation but report of heavy smoke is impacting areas of Cameron, Bodaway/Gap, Coppermine, Kaibeto, Inscription House, Shonto and Kayenta. Crews reported low intensity smoldering and creeping fire behavior as woody ground cover and logs were consumed.

Fire managers said higher humidity was slowing fire growth and ecological benefits were present. Around 586 personnel are assigned to the fire.

"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."

Additional wetting rains and cloud cover are expected, which will helps reduce new fire growth. Firefighters will start mop-up operations as they seek and destroy any hot spots near existing fire perimeter control lines. The fire will continue to smolder and creep toward the west and within the interior of the fire.

With moderated fire growth, fire mangers anticipate light smoke from the fire activity. Smoke may spread to the northeast reaching into Page, Kayenta and the northeast areas of the Navajo Nation. More information on smoke and air quality is available at wildlandfire.az.gov/links.asp#smoke.

Closures include all USFS areas east of Highway 67 and south of Tater Ridge Rd (FSR 213) and east of House Rock Valley Rd (FSR 8910). Arizona Trail on Lindberg Hill north to GCNP boundary, Ken Patrick Trail starting at the Uncle Jim Trail junction. The Point Imperial Trail, Nankoweap Trail, Saddle Mountain Trail and South Canyon Trail. Road closures include Fuller Canyon Road, Cape Royal Road, Point Imperial Road, FSR 610 and FSR 611. Closures will be in place until further notice. Highway 67 and the North Rim Visitor Center, Lodge and Campground are open as well as FSR22 and Rainbow Rim Trail on Kaibab National Forest.

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