(Posted June 12, 2012 at 5:05 p.m.) US Forest Service (USFS) and National Park Service (NPS) fire crews are responding to the Grand Fire on the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.
The Grand Fire was detected by the Red Butte Lookout today around 12:33 p.m. It is located about 11 miles southeast of Grand Canyon Village and one mile west of the Grandview Lookout Tower in the vicinity of the Arizona Trail. The fire is estimated at about 60 acres in size and is currently burning to the north and east in ponderosa pine, grass and some pinyon pine.
Approximately 65 personnel are on scene or en route to the incident. Resources include six engines, two water tenders, two helicopters, one airplane coordinating aerial resources, one hot shot crew, and one dozer.
Smoke may be visible along State Highway 64 and in various locations within Grand Canyon National Park. Visitors may also see fire equipment and personnel in the area. Drivers should also be aware of the potential for traffic control near the Grandview Tower and should watch for and obey traffic control signs and personnel.
Visitors to northern Arizona are reminded that fire danger is high throughout the area and that the south districts of both the Kaibab National Forest and Grand Canyon National Park will be moving into Extreme Fire Danger tomorrow. Please, be fire aware and use extra care.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
More information will be provided as details become available.
(Sources: Grand Canyon National Park, Kaibab National Forest)