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Herbicide Along Grand Canyon Railway To Help Lower Fire Risk

As wildfire season approaches, Grand Canyon workers are mobilizing to stay ahead of the threat.

On Wednesday through Friday, workers will start applying herbicide to tracks along The Grand Canyon Railway to reduce the risk of a train wheel sparking a fire.

The railway runs from Williams to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Officials say it will help reduce fire hazards by preventing vegetation from growing along the tracks and have the added benefit of reducing invasive species from spreading. About 30 non-native plants are found near the railroad track.

Claire Caulfield was a reporter and Morning Edition producer from 2015 to 2019.