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lmsa_mc Jun 29th, 2006 05:22 PM

North Rim of the Grand Canyon Closed
Searched and did not see this information here so I thought I'd post.

We were on vacation from June 8-24 and arrived in Jacob's Lake on June 18. We waited about 3 hours for Rt. 67 (the only paved road to the North Rim) to open, watching the fire suppression activites the whole time. We were escorted in and there was ground fire and dead tree fires on both sides of the road for about 5 miles.

Since then, the fire has grown exponentially. In fact, a few days ago, it grew by 30,000 acres in one 24 our period. Over the weekend, about 950 visitors and employees were stranded at the North Rim and since then those people have been escorted out over the course of a couple of days.

There is a skeleton crew of about 30 employees left at the North Rim but the North Rim side of the park is closed as well as the Kaibab National Forest. As of this morning, the fire was about 40% contained.

Here are a couple of news article links:;nav=menu216_2

As far as I've seen today, there is no timetable for reopening.

starrsville Jun 29th, 2006 06:42 PM

Thanks for posting. There was a brief mention in a thread - but this is a good idea so others will know. I'm scheduled to be there at the end of July. I have my fingers crossed that all is back to normal after the fire by then.

starrsville Jun 29th, 2006 06:52 PM

<font color="blue"> That would have been USNR :-)</font>

USNR Jun 29th, 2006 07:40 PM

From reports, the Warm Fire (its designation) has spread slowly since starting early in June as a controlled burn. Tourists at the North Rim have been evacuated safely and most staff have, too. The Lodge etc at North Rim are in no danger of destruction or damage; the fire is north of there, and move east from the road leading to Jacob Lake. From what we can gather, the fire is being monitored closely, but no danger is posed to property or to personnel. The entire Southwest is under extreme dry conditions and the summer monsoon is beginning to bring rain to southern parts of Arizona. The rain, wind, and lightning will slowly spread across the state within the next week, according to meteorolgists. The average starting date of the monsoon is July 7.

starrsville Jun 29th, 2006 07:47 PM

My ex used to be in charge of controlled burns in middle GA. They were fascinating to watch. BUT, completely different environments and never such dry conditions. Good luck to all. It's good they are being so cautious with people and property.

Thanks again for the info!

ellen_griswold Jun 30th, 2006 01:47 AM

So sorry to hear this!
We were in the N.Rim later in the first week of June and saw a 'controlled' fire at that time - wonder if its the same one? Will check the links and stay tuned. Thanks for the info lmsa_mc.

gcmaven Jun 30th, 2006 01:22 PM

NPS announced today that GCNR is scheduled to reopen Monday morning July 3.

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