This year is proving to be extremely dangerous for the iconic National park. A fire that started on July 21 raged through the Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim. This fire eventually caused the closing of North Rim Vista and two other popular trails.
Firefighters concluded that the fire was caused by a lightning strike, causing the dry ground to erupt in a wildfire that has grown to 3.5 square miles.
According to officials, smoke is visible from the South and North Rim, but visitors needn’t be alarmed. There also may be a residual haze throughout the canyon. However, this is not a cause for alarm, as firefighters are working diligently to extinguish the blaze.
For the safety of all visitors and firefighters, officials have also closed Cape Royal Road, Cape Final Trail and Cliff Spring Trail. This closure will hopefully give emergency personnel enough room and resources to help control the fire without further upset.
The strategies employed currently are that of confining and containing. That way, fire officials can do their best to protect both natural and cultural resources. The firemen who are battling this wildfire are highly trained for this situation. Therefore, the public should rest assured that the fire is being fought by capable hands.
Fortunately, neither the fire nor the closure is not affecting most of the North Rim facilities. Lodging and other services near Bright Angel Point are open and safe. The air quality of this area is also safe, although visitors, be advised that signs of the fire are present. Haze and the scent of smoke can be recognized, as well as areas where billowing smoke is visible.
Yet, park officials are in constant communication with firefighters, who are keeping them apprised of their progress. The safety and security of the visitors is the park’s priority. Therefore, if the situation develops negatively visitors will be made aware and relocated before there is any present danger. Evacuation routes and procedures are on standby, so there is no reason for visitors to be alarmed.