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Dragon Fire

Unit Information

Grand Canyon National Park
National Park Service
PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

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Incident Contact

Joelle Baird
Email: grca_public_affairs@nps.gov
Phone: 928-606-3154
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

07/20/2022 North Rim Closure Areas in effect beginning Monday, July 25
The following areas of Grand Canyon National Park will be closed to all visitor use: North Rim Tiyo Point Trail (closed as of July 20, 2022)Widforss TrailWidforss Forest TrailNG9 Outlet Canyon Use...
Closure - 07/20/2022
A plume of smoke is seen from the Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge on 7-21-2022Image options: [ Full Size ]

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:  

  • North Rim Tiyo Point Trail
  • Widforss Trail
  • Widforss Forest Trail
  • NG9 Outled Canyon Use Area
  • NF9 Widforss Use Area
  • NPS lands above the Coconino Sandstone between Dragon Creek and Transept Canyon that are south of the W1 Road
  • Short-term and intermittent closures of the W1 road between Highway 67 and Point Sublime

 
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

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSunday July 17th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Location5 miles west of Grand Canyon North Rim developed area
Incident CommanderNorthern Arizona Type 3 Incident Management Team (Shelby Erickson, Incident Commander)
Coordinates36.203 latitude, -112.138 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel135
Size1,375 Acres
Fuels Involved

Ponderosa pine forest overstory with moderate dead and down fuels

Significant Events

Fire behavior shows low to minimal rate of spread.

Outlook

Planned Actions

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Monsoonal moisture is forecasted on and off for the remainder of the week.