As of June 8, 2012, campfire restrictions are in place along the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Hot, dry and windy conditions have given park officials reason to worry about the summer season's increased fire danger. All wood-burning fires, campfires and warming fires included, will be prohibited in campgrounds and residential areas.
"Given current environmental conditions, any wildfire would have the potential to exhibit extreme fire behavior," Chris Marks, acting Grand Canyon Chief of Fire and Aviation, told LakePowellLife.com. "As we phase in fire restrictions, we reduce the potential for accidental fire ignitions in the park."
Despite these efforts, fires often occur. On Tuesday, fire crews responded to a fire one mile west of the Grandview Lookout Tower and 11 miles southeast of Grand Canyon Village. As of Wednesday morning it had grown to 446 acres. Due to the efforts of 85 personnel with six engines, three water tenders, two helicopters, one hot shot crew and one dozer, the fire is now 50 percent contained.
Fire danger in the area Grand Canyon area is currently flagged as "Very High."