Fire Restrictions Lifted in Grand Canyon National Park

Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers will lift fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park.

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Fire Restrictions Lifted on Kaibab and Coconino National Forests

Due to significant and widespread rain and rapidly decreasing fire danger, the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests in northern Arizona will lift all fire restrictions at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8. Managers typically lift fire restrictions when at least a half inch of precipitation has been received over more than two-thirds of the forests. To date, many areas of both forests have received double that amount of precipitation, with an inch or more of rain being reported in many locations. Fire danger has decreased dramatically from “extreme” last week to “moderate” today.

Fire Restrictions on Grand Canyon-Parashant and Vermilion Cliffs National Monuments

The following acts are prohibited on all lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management in the following counties: Mohave and Coconino, Arizona. This restriction includes the Arizona Strip District encompassing Arizona Strip Field Office, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, and the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. These restrictions will become effective at 12:01 a.m., MST, 18 June, 2014. They will remain in effect until rescinded or revoked.

Stage 1:
The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than an agency provided ring or grill within developed campsite or picnic area listed in the order.
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
3. Using tracer ammunition, explosives, or any incendiary devices (including explosive targets): fireworks are always prohibited on public lands.

Fire Restrictions in Grand Canyon National Park

Due to increased fire danger throughout Grand Canyon National Park, park officials will be implementing fire restrictions for all areas within the park except the Colorado River corridor. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 13, all wood burning and charcoal fires, including campfires, warming fires and charcoal barbeques, will be prohibited throughout the park, including all campgrounds and residential areas. Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters possessing shut-off devices are allowed.

Campfire Restrictions on Kaibab Plateau

The Kaibab National Forest is taking additional steps to reduce the risk of preventable human-caused fires. As of Friday (June 6) at 8 a.m. the North Kaibab Ranger District will enter campfire and smoking restrictions, and the Williams Ranger District will close the Bill Williams Mountain Watershed to public entry.

Grand Canyon Annual Star Party June 21-28

The twenty-fourth annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held from Saturday, June 21 through Saturday, June 28, 2014 on the South and North Rims of Grand Canyon National Park. This event is sponsored by the National Park Service, the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (South Rim), and the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix (North Rim), with funding from Grand Canyon Association. Amateur astronomers from across the country will volunteer their expertise.

Stage II Fire Restrictions- NO CAMPFIRES

Due to increasing fire danger, the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests will implement Stage II fire restrictions effective Friday (5/30) at 8 a.m.
On the Kaibab National Forest, restrictions will apply only to the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts. Fire restrictions will not yet be implemented on the North Kaibab Ranger District due to different weather and fuels conditions. Campfires are always prohibited in Grand Canyon National Park, except in campgrounds.

Fire Restrictions at Grand Canyon

Although Grand Canyon National Park received below-average precipitation this winter, the warm spring caused vegetation in the park to thrive. Now, fine fuels are quickly drying out as winds and temperatures rise, increasing the risk of wildfire. If you are visiting Grand Canyon National Park or Northern Arizona in the near future, you should know that fire danger is currently High or Very High throughout much of the area. In the park, fire danger on the South Rim is "Very High" which means that fires will start easily from all causes; and immediately after ignition, they will spread rapidly, and quickly increase in intensity. On the North Rim, fire danger is "High" which means fine dead fuels will ignite readily and most ignition sources will easily start a fire. In addition, fires in continuous, heavy fuels will spread rapidly and high intensity burning may develop.

Free Shuttle Service to Tusayan Starts May 10

The National Park Service (NPS) will again offer free shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon National Park and the neighboring town of Tusayan, Arizona in 2014. The Tusayan Shuttle will be available from Saturday, May 10 through Friday, September 5 and will run at 20-minute intervals between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily.

Each day, the first bus will leave Tusayan at 8 a.m. from the IMAX, while the first bus will leave the Grand Canyon Visitor Center at 8:25 a.m. The last buses will leave IMAX at 9:45 p.m. and the Grand Canyon Visitor Center at 9:30 p.m. daily.

Don't Start a Wildfire!

Wildfire

Due to the extremely dry winter, fire restrictions are in effect on many of the Indian reservations and public lands in Arizona, including Grand Canyon National Park and Tusayan District of the Kaibab National Forest south of the park. This generally means that campfires are banned except in designated campgrounds, and smoking is prohibited except in buildings and vehicles. Campfires are banned in the park backcountry all year. If the fire danger becomes extreme, as it likely will, the national forests will be closed to all access. For current information on fire restrictions and closures, visit firerestrictions.us/az/.

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