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Scott and Fuller Fire Updates

Scott and Fuller Fire Updates
July 18
11:37 2016

The lightning-caused Scott Fire in the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest has reached its final size of 2660 acres and is not expected to show any additional growth.Forest-Service SMALL

Fire officials stated they are pleased with the overall results of this fire which met several land management objectives that were specified in the early stages of planning.  Managers initially allowed the Scott fire to spread in a natural setting to reduce hazardous fuels and enhance forest health but then shifted to a suppression strategy as weather conditions began to influence activity accelerating fire behavior.

The Kaibab National Forest is one of many “fire-adapted ecosystems” in the nation. This terminology refers to the historical occurrence of fire in the forest, and how the environment has adapted to the natural cycle of its frequency which it essentially depends upon to stimulate vibrant forest health.

The closure order that was applied on the Arizona trail has been rescinded and the trail has now been re-opened to the public. Firefighters have completed work removing hazards and rehabilitating areas on the trail that were exposed to fire. Crews will continue to monitor the entire fire area daily to ensure any unforeseen hazards are mitigated.

Meanwhile, the Fuller Fire continues to burn on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

This weekend, strong winds pushed the fire on a four and a half mile run to the northeast through the Saddle Mountain Wilderness. Additional growth was reported to the south below the rim near Ehrenberg Point.

“We are balancing the need to protect resources where appropriate while still allowing the fire to spread naturally where it is safe to do so, said Rick Miller, Deputy Incident Commander. “To the north and south that means limiting fire growth, while to the west it will continue to back slowly through the fire-adapted ecosystem.

Some see the wildfire as a unique opportunity for visitors.

“This fire will help restore and protect the beauty and health of this forest for generations to come,” said Chris Marks, National Park Service Deputy Fire Management Officer. “This is an incredibly unique opportunity for visitors to see not only the canyon itself, but fire playing its role on the land.”

Closures because of the Fuller Fire 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).

Trails: Arizona Trail: Lindberg Hill north to the Park boundary; Ken Patrick Trail: starting at the Uncle Jim Trail junction; Point Imperial Trail; Nankoweap Trail; Saddle Mountain Trail, South Canyon Trail.

Road closures include: Fuller Canyon Road; Cape Royal Road; Point Imperial Road; FSR 610; 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.

Light to moderate smoke from the Fuller Fire will be visible in Page, Kayenta, and the northeast areas of the Navajo Nation

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