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BREAKING NEWS - North Rim closed due to Mangum Fire, Jacob Lake evacuated
Effective Friday, June 12, Grand Canyon National Park has temporarily closed the North Rim until further notice due to the Mangum Fire near the park. The Mangum Fire is located on the Kaibab National Forest and is not within Grand Canyon National Park at this time.
The Mangum Fire began on June 8, 2020 and at 10 a.m. on June 13, is estimated at 10,813 acres, with two percent containment. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. High southwest winds and low relative humidity have increased fire activity over the last several days and is predicted to continue through the weekend. The fire is being suppressed utilizing a full suppression strategy, using tactics that minimize impact to important values at risk.
Smoke from the Mangum Fire is visible from both the North and South Rims of the park. Visitors may see increased smoke or haze filling the canyon. For more information about air quality at Grand Canyon National Park visit, www.airnow.gov.
On Friday, June 12, at 4:40 p.m. evacuations in the Jacob Lake area began due to the Mangum Fire burning near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, along with United States Forest Service personnel, began evacuations of the Jacob Lake area, to include the Jacob Lake Inn and campgrounds to the north and south of the Inn at the Junction of Hwy 89A and Hwy 67, after Forest Service officials deemed the Mangum Fire had reached a point where it became a threat to residents and visitor safety.
As fire efforts continue, more information will be made available. For any questions regarding the Mangum Fire, please contact the USFS at 602-345-0469. For information regarding the evacuation efforts, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 928-226-5089.
Stage 2 fire restrictions remain in place for Grand Canyon National Park, which include no open fires including campfires, charcoal, or wood fueled flames. Gasoline or propane stoves remain allowed if operated in an area clear of vegetation. Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
For additional daily updates and photos, visit the Mangum Fire Inciweb incident page, https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6748/.
For more information on the Kaibab National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab or @KaibabNF on Facebook and Twitter.