Galahad Fire to be managed for resource, protection objectives

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – National Park Service fire managers on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon have decided to manage the Galahad Fire for multiple objectives.

The lightning-caused Galahad Fire was discovered in Grand Canyon National Park on Friday and is approximately 223 acres in size. Current fire behavior is moderate with isolated and group torching in Ponderosa Pine. The fire is located approximately 1 mile southwest of the historic Kanabownits Cabin on the Walla Valley Peninsula.

The Galahad Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. Resource objectives for the fire include returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem in order to maintain forest health. Protection objectives for the fire include protection of sensitive cultural resources and wildlife habitat.

Current resources assigned to the fire are the Saguaro Wildland Fire Module and North Rim Engine Crew. Resources being ordered include an additional wildland fire module, one type 1 hand crew, four additional engines and miscellaneous overhead.

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

Smoke from this fire is currently visible in Fredonia, Arizona, and the South Rim. Coordination with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is ongoing.

Progress of this fire, maps and pictures can be found on Inciweb. For additional fire information, call 928-638-7819 (recorded message), call Acting Public Affairs Officer Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski at 928-638-7958 or follow @GrandCanyonNPS on Twitter. For more on Grand Canyon’s fire management program, visit the park’s website.

Submitted by Grand Canyon National Park

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