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Grand Canyon fire fighters manage small wildfire
Lightning-caused O’Connell Fire one mile south of park boundary

The O’Connell Fire was discovered July 12. It has burned 190 acres and is 95 percent contained. (Photo/Inciweb, Kaibab National Forest)

The O’Connell Fire was discovered July 12. It has burned 190 acres and is 95 percent contained. (Photo/Inciweb, Kaibab National Forest)

TUSAYAN, Ariz. — The O’ Connell Fire, located five miles northwest of Tusayan and one mile south of Grand Canyon National Park is 95 percent contained.

The fire, started by a lightning strike, was first reported July 12 at 6 a.m.

Firefighters used existing roads for containment lines and let the fire progress naturally as well as engaging it in minimal burning to reduce the dead and down fuels as needed.

A total of 22 wildland firefighters were assigned to the fire including three Type 6 engines and hand crew from Williams.

The fire has burned 190 acres.

Fire personnel warn that monsoonal weather could possibly bring more lightning and precipitation in the coming weeks which could result in other wildland fires.

A Type 4 team remained operational throughout the weekend to monitor the O’ Connell Fire.

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