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Warmer, drier weather leads to increased Fuller Fire activity on North Rim

The 1,502-acre Wildcat Fire on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest was suppressed June 21. The Fuller Fire has burned around 250 acres on the North Rim. Photo/KNF, USFS

The 1,502-acre Wildcat Fire on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest was suppressed June 21. The Fuller Fire has burned around 250 acres on the North Rim. Photo/KNF, USFS

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Warmer, drier weather has led to increased fire activity on the Fuller Fire, a lightning-caused fire on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

The fire is located north of Fuller Canyon Road, about three miles west/southwest of Point Imperial. No structures are threatened and there are no road or trail closures in effect at this time.

The fire is located within an area that burned with high fire severity during the 2000 Outlet Fire. Fuels in the area include dead and down logs and stands of aspen regeneration. Firefighters conducted an aerial reconnaissance flight and estimate the fire is around 250 acres. The fire remains within the designated planning area. Additional fire resources including a Type 3 Incident Commander have been ordered to assist and are expected to arrive tomorrow.

The Fuller Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. Resource objectives include returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem. Protection objectives include the protection of sensitive wildlife habitat.

Hot, dry conditions are expected to continue for the next week. Continued growth is anticipated based on current and expected weather conditions. Fire managers may use a full range of actions to delay, direct or minimize the spread of fire if necessary.

Smoke may be visible from Highway 67 and the North Rim, and may impact trails in the area at times. Breathing smoke is not healthy for anyone, but some people are at greater risk, including people with heart or lung disease, children and the elderly. If it looks smoky, you may want to limit or avoid exercise or other outdoor activities. More information on smoke and your health is available at wildlandfire.az.gov..

The fire's progress can be followed and maps and photos are available at Inciweb.

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