The Dragon Fire, located on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park began July 17, 2022. The lightning-caused fire is being closely monitored and allowed to fulfill its natural role in a fire-dependent ecosystem. Located approximately 5 miles west of the North Rim developed area, the Dragon Fire is burning in continuous ponderosa pine forest. Fire managers plan to continue monitoring fire activity while buffering containment lines to the north and east of the fire. All actions are being based on firefighter and public safety as well as current and expected fire weather and environmental conditions.
Effective on Monday, July 25, the following closures are in place until further notice:
Motorists driving along the W-1/Point Sublime Road should be aware of fire personnel and equipment in the vicinity. Motorists should watch out for snags across the roadway and slow down for emergency response vehicles. Southwest-west winds may move smoke east towards the North Rim Grand Canyon Lodge and smoke may also be seen from the South Rim. Wildfire is a natural process within the fire adapted ecosystem on the North Rim. By allowing the Dragon Fire to carry out this natural process, a variety of resource objectives will be met including reduction of hazardous fuels, promoting forest regeneration, improving wildlife habitat, and restoring a more open forest understory.
Please visit: https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/firemanagement.htm for additional information about wildland fire at Grand Canyon National Park
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday July 17th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Location||5 miles west of Grand Canyon North Rim developed area|
|Incident Commander||Northern Arizona Type 3 Incident Management Team (Shelby Erickson, Incident Commander)|
|Coordinates||36.203 latitude, -112.138 longitude|
Ponderosa pine forest overstory with moderate dead and down fuels
Fire behavior shows low to minimal rate of spread.
Prepare containment lines to the north and east of the fire and continually monitor fire behavior.
|Projected Incident Activity|
On Monday, July 25, the Northern Arizona Type 3 Incident Management Team (Shelby Erickson, Incident Commander) will assume command of the Dragon Fire.
Closure of the Widforss Trail and immediate surrounding areas will take effect on Monday, July 25.
Monsoonal moisture is forecasted on and off for the remainder of the week.