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Fire restrictions in place at Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park officials have banned all wood burning and charcoal fires within park boundaries. The ban includes campfires, warming fires and charcoal barbecues in all campgrounds and residential areas.

Fire managers said both rims of Grand Canyon National Park are now at extreme fire danger and will likely remain so until monsoons start.

The restrictions will remain in place until enough rain falls and fire danger levels subside.

"As a reminder, fireworks are always prohibited in the park," Chief of Fire and Aviation Jay Lusher said. "We also hope visitors will consider taking some additional voluntary precautions to help wildfires."

Park officials suggest visitors be fire aware and take extra care with these tips.

• Before going hiking or camping, visitors should check for fire restrictions and closures in the area.

• Smokers can only smoke on paved surfaces or inside vehicles, and should never toss cigarette butts on the ground.

• If visitors are using a portable stove, they should clear the area of grasses and other fine fuels and be careful to prevent the stove from tipping over.

• Visitors should consider alternatives to campfires because during times of high fire danger unattended campfires are likely to escape.

• Visitors should practice "Leave No Trace" principles, including packing out all burned materials.

• Hot vehicle parts may start a fire, so visitors should be careful about driving in tall, dry vegetation.

• If smoke or fire is seen, visitors should note where they saw it and report it to authorities.

• Visitors should not attempt to put out fires be themselves.

• Visitors can direct inquiries to the agency that manages the public lands they are visiting.

The latest fire information in Grand Canyon National Park is available by visiting

The Southwest Area Fire Restriction Information Line at (877) 864-6985 or can give more information on fire restrictions in Arizona and New Mexico.

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