2 North Rim viewpoints closed due to Grand Canyon wildfire

Posted at 10:25 AM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 14:39:16-04

Firefighters helped by favorable winds are working to keep a 2-week-old wildfire from moving toward the highway serving the lodge, restaurant and main campgrounds on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

State Route Highway 67 and the North Rim developed area remain open, but the fire has resulted in closures of Grand Canyon National Park access roads to the Point Imperial and Cape Royal viewpoints elsewhere on the North Rim.

Approximately 500 personnel are fighting the fire, which has burned 4.6 square miles of aspen and pine since started June 29 by lightning.

Crews are constructing fire breaks to keep the fire from growing in certain directions and also igniting unburned fuel inside the perimeter.