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Monday, June 26, 2006

Grand Canyon North Rim Closed By Forest Fire

Hwy 67A and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon were closed on June 25 because a forest fire threatens the area. The closure will remain in effect until the fire danger subsides – perhaps several days to a week.

The Park Service reports some 1,000 visitors and employees stranded at the North Rim. Emergency crews will work to escorted people away from the site as needed, and as conditions are safe.

Early reports indicates the fire jumped the highway miles from the North Rim, cutting off access, but that people and buildings at the North Rim itself are not threatened at this time. Helicopters would be used to evacuate people should they be threatened.

People with North Rim travel plans need to monitor the situation for developments. Access will be impossible for travelers, at least for the immediate future. When the highway becomes safe, contact lodging providers and guide services to determine if they can honor your reservations.

Here is the National Park Service news release.

This news page is being updated regularly with the latest information.

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