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Fire Status
Last Updated
59 mins, 17 secs ago
Fire Start
Sunday, July 17, 2022 9:22 AM MST
Incident #
Dispatch Notes
Wdc support 7/17/22
Primary Fire Agency

National Park Service — Grand Canyon National Park

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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 3 weeks ago

Incident Photo for the Dragon Fire

The Dragon Fire, located on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park began July 17, 2022. The lightning-caused fire is being closely monitored and allowed to fulfill its natural role in a fire-dependent ecosystem. Located approximately 5 miles west of the North Rim developed area, the Dragon Fire is burning in continuous ponderosa pine forest. Fire managers plan to continue monitoring fire activity while buffering containment lines to the north and east of the fire. All actions are being based on firefighter and public safety as well as current and expected fire weather and environmental conditions.

Effective on Monday, July 25, the following closures are in place until further notice:

  • North Rim Tiyo Point Trail
  • Widforss Trail
  • Widforss Forest Trail
  • NG9 Outled Canyon Use Area
  • NF9 Widforss Use Area
  • NPS lands above the Coconino Sandstone between Dragon Creek and Transept Canyon that are south of the W1 Road
  • Short-term and intermittent closures of the W1 road between Highway 67 and Point Sublime

Motorists driving along the W-1/Point Sublime Road should be aware of fire personnel and equipment in the vicinity. Motorists should watch out for snags across the roadway and slow down for emergency response vehicles. Southwest-west winds may move smoke east towards the North Rim Grand Canyon Lodge and smoke may also be seen from the South Rim. Wildfire is a natural process within the fire adapted ecosystem on the North Rim. By allowing the Dragon Fire to carry out this natural process, a variety of resource objectives will be met including reduction of hazardous fuels, promoting forest regeneration, improving wildlife habitat, and restoring a more open forest understory.

Please visit: https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/firemanagement.htm?fbclid=IwAR1FW8luJY9EgyRQf5QNlM2lwb5_wDqNqPoSBk-bM42i0_zB10u7M8wWM_o">https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/firemanagement.htm for additional information about wildland fire at Grand Canyon National Park

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Sunday, July 17, 2022 12:00 AM MST
5 miles west of Grand Canyon North Rim developed area
Incident Commander
Northern Arizona Type 3 Incident Management Team (Shelby Erickson, Incident Commander)
36.203, -112.138

Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Fuels Involved
Ponderosa pine forest overstory with moderate dead and down fuels
Significant Events
Fire behavior shows low to minimal rate of spread.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Prepare containment lines to the north and east of the fire and continually monitor fire behavior.
Projected Incident Activity
On Monday, July 25, the Northern Arizona Type 3 Incident Management Team (Shelby Erickson, Incident Commander) will assume command of the Dragon Fire.

Closure of the Widforss Trail and immediate surrounding areas will take effect on Monday, July 25.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
Monsoonal moisture is forecasted on and off for the remainder of the week.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Joelle Baird
Email: grca_public_affairs@nps.gov
Phone: 928-606-3154
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fire Unit Information
Grand Canyon National Park
National Park Service
PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Dispatch Center Contact

Williams Dispatch Center (AZ-WDC)

Williams, AZ