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Fuller Fire: Rainy Weather Works In Favor Of Firefighters

Fuller Fire Smoke
(Photo courtesy of the National Park Service)
Orange-colored smoke billows from the Fuller Fire.

Rainy weather is working in the favor of fire fighters combating the Fuller Fire near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. As much as a quarter-inch of rain fell over the area, helping strengthen existing fire lines. 

Michelle Fidler with the Kaibab National Forest said the additional rain— with more expected Tuesday— will help with containment efforts. 

“We do continue to expect to reduce new fire growth. Firefights are starting with new mop-up operations. So, they’re looking to seek and destroy any hot spots near our existing fire-perimeter control lines,” she said. 

The lightening caused fire has burned 14,131 acres since the blaze began three weeks ago. Acting as a prescribed burn, it’s still considered zero-percent contained.

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