Kanabownits Fire now mapped at 260 acres

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – National Park Service fire managers on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon are managing the Kanabownits Fire for multiple objectives.

Lightning ignited the fire Tuesday, July 8, about 1 mile northeast of the historic Kanabownits Cabin on the Walla Valley Peninsula.

The Kanabownits Fire, mapped July 24 at 260 acres, experienced minimal growth for several days until fire behavior increased with hot, dry weather this week. The fire, which is burning in the 2003 Poplar Fire burn area, is spreading through needle cast, logs and standing snags, as well as some Ponderosa forest. Higher humidity and very light rainfall on Thursday limited the fire’s spread. The forecast calls for similar weather Friday.

Currently, 48 people – including two Wildland Fire Modules, a 22-person Interagency Hotshot Crew and overhead – are assigned to the fire. A type 3 incident commander and a division supervisor were expected to arrive Friday afternoon.

No closures are in effect at this time; however, smoke impacts may be possible.


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