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Area Smoke From Galahad Fire

June 03
05:38 2014

You can blame the north rim’s Galahad Fire for the latest round of haze in the area as wind patterns carry the smoke to the northeast including Marble Canyon and Page. Smoke may be visible over a wide area in both northern Arizona and southern Utah. The smoke may also settle into some of the valleys and lower areas in the morning hours in Grand Canyon National Park and the neighboring Kaibab National Forest, but is expected to lift during the day as temperature rise. Visitors are urged to reduce their speeds and turn on headlights when traveling in areas of smoke.

Over the weekend, firefighters were able to hold hold the line on the Galahad Fire. Firefighters have been successful in holding the Galahad Fire to the west of the W-4 Road, even though they were faced with higher temperatures, lower relative humidity and gusty winds. Saturday, three spot fires started across the W-4 road to the east, but firefighters were able to quickly contain them. The fire is estimated at 1,975 acres.

Two road closures are in effect for public and firefighter safety; the W-4 Road is closed from the junction of the FS268B road south to Point Sublime and the W-1 Road, also known as the Point Sublime Road, is closed from the W-4 junction, east to the western end of the Basin.

The lightning-caused Galahad Fire was discovered on Friday, May 23, 2014 on the Walla Valley Peninsula, west of the main park road.

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