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Fuller Firefighters Start To Make Plans To Re-Open Popular North Rim Trails

Grand Canyon National Park North Rim
Stina Sieg/KJZZ
editorial | staff
Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim.

With the help of rainy weather, firefighters are making a continued effort to contain the Fuller Fire that has burned 14,396 acres north of the Grand Canyon. 

The fire burning near the canyon’s north rim is 15 percent contained. Fire management spokesperson Micah Bell said the park and Kaibab National Forest are taking a holistic approach to containment by allowing the fire to act as a prescribed burn. 

Bell said, their containment efforts are going toward re-opening popular tourist spots like Point Imperial and Cape Royal viewpoints. 

“That is one of the larger areas where we have crews working right now. It’s to open those roads so visitors can get back in and have access to the North Rim,” he said. 

There is not set date as to when those areas will reopen. Bell said visitor and fire fighter safety is the priority.

Katherine Fritcke Producer, Morning Edition Katherine Fritcke is the Morning Edition Producer for KJZZ. Fritcke was born and raised in Scottsdale. After deciding to leave the Arizona heat, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed public media junkie who can't get enough of programs like "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."