Belknap Fire in northern Arizona reaches 300 acres; officials hope fire will benefit forest

TUSAYAN, AZ - A fire in Northern Arizona has reached just over 300 acres since it was located by fire officials on August 26, but crews are going to let the fire benefit the forest.

According to fire officials, the Belknap Fire is burning near the Grandview Lookout Tower near the town of Tusayan.

Favorable conditions have made it easier for crews to plan for the fire's potential spread.

"We have had a tremendously successful year in managing natural fires to play their role in keeping the forest healthy and our communities safer," James Simino, a District Ranger, said. "However, we've listened to community smoke concerns and we will continue to do everything we can to minimize smoke impacts in the Grand Canyon National Park and adjacent Navajo Nation lands."

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Lightning is believed to have caused the fire.

By allowing the fire to burn, officials are hoping to reduce fuel for other fires, improve wildlife habitats, protect cultural resources and open dense tree stands, according to a release.


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