The Lower Fire, located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and the Tusayan District of Kaibab National Forest, has shown almost no activity for the last few weeks. Winter snow events have already begun and will soon extinguish the few smoldering stumps remaining within the fire's perimeter.
The Lower Fire is currently 2,002 acres in size with 282 acres located within Grand Canyon National Park and the rest located on the Kaibab National Forest. The fire has been managed jointly by the National Park Service and the US Forest Seevice in order to provide fire managers with a greater opportunity to manage fire across the landscape and meet forest health objectives.
The fire has both resource and protection objectives, including returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem and recycling of nutrients in order to maintain forest health, as well as portecting sensitive cultural resources, Hull Cabin and the APS power line corridor.
The Lower Fire has played a positive role in maintaining and restoring the natural range of varibility in the ecological community found within the planning area.
|Date of Origin||Friday August 19th, 2011 approx. 06:00 PM|
|Location||12 mi SE of Grand Canyon Village, 1.5 mi S of Moran Pt, and 0.5 mi N and W of park/forest boundary|
Primarily open, first-entry Ponderosa pine with some pinyon-juniper
Fire behavior consisted of low intensity surface fire with occasional individual and group tree torching. The low intensity fire is ideal for meeting management objectives of returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem, improving wildlife habitat, recycling forest nutrients in order to maintain forest health; while protecting sensitive cultural resources within the fire area.
Firefighter and public safety remain the highest priority for this and every fire. The public is advised to be cautious of standing dead trees when traveling on National Forest lands near the burn area. The Lower Fire has played a positive role in maintaining and restoring the natural range of variability of the ecological community within the planning area. Additionally, crews have been proactive in protecting cultural resources and wildlife activity areas during the management of the Lower Fire.
The Lower Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. Resource objectives for the fire include returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem and recycling of forest nutrients in order to maintain forest health. Protection objectives for the fire include protection of sensitive cultural resources, Hull Cabin, and the Arizona Public Service power line corridor. By working together to manage the Lower Fire rather than focusing on jurisdictional boundaries, NPS and USFS fire managers have a greater opportunity to manage fire across the landscape in order to meet forest health objectives.