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Fire restrictions lifted at Grand Canyon National Park
Summer clouds form over Mather Point. NPS Photo/W.Tyson Joye.
Summer clouds form over Mather Point. NPS Photo/W.Tyson Joye.
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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, fire managers have lifted all fire restrictions within the park.

On June 8, Grand Canyon's South Rim implemented a ban on all wood burning fires due to extremely hot and dry conditions. As conditions worsened, on June 20, the entire park implemented restrictions on all wood burning and charcoal fires. Monsoonal moisture has settled into the area, fire danger has decreased and all restrictions have been lifted.

The National Park Service would like to remind everyone that although fire danger is no longer Extreme, it is still Very High, and visitors should continue to be fire aware and use extra care when visiting their public lands. Taking a few precautions can make all the difference:

• Before going hiking or camping, check for fire restrictions and closures in the area. Direct you inquiries to the agency that manages the public lands you are visiting.

• If you are using a portable stove, clear the area of grasses and other fine fuels and be careful to prevent the stove from tipping over.

• Consider alternatives to campfires even if they are allowed. During times of high fire danger unattended campfires are likely to escape.

• If you are a smoker, consider smoking only on paved surfaces or in an enclosed vehicle; and never toss cigarette butts on the ground. Use an ashtray or pack cigarette butts out in your pocket.

• If you are driving on unpaved roads, be careful of parking or driving your vehicle in tall, dry vegetation. Hot vehicle parts may start a fire.

• If you see smoke or fire, note the location and report it to authorities. Do NOT attempt to put out a fire by yourself.

For the latest fire information in Grand Canyon National Park, please visit our web site at To learn more about fire restriction on other public lands in Arizona and New Mexico, please call the Southwest Area Fire Restriction Information Line at (877) 864-6985.

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