Lightning starts 17 wildfires in 96 hours on Grand Canyon North Rim, Kaibab National Forest

FREDONIA, ARIZ. — Over the past four days, North Zone fire personnel, consisting of firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service, responded jointly to 17 lightning-caused wildfire ignitions located on both the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and adjacent North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.

Closer to St. George, the Mokaac Fire on the Arizona Strip about 15 miles to the south, which was started by lightning Sunday evening, was most recently reported to be 80 percent contained after burning approximately 1,650 acres. No structures have been threatened, and there are no road or trail closures.

Lightning-caused wildfires are a common occurrence during the monsoon season (typically late-June through late-July), but according to a press release from the Kaibab National Forest, fire officials are reminding visitors that the North Kaibab Ranger District is still in Stage II fire restrictions, and will remain in effect until more monsoonal moisture arrives.

Forest officials would also like to remind visitors that having a campfire on the national forest while under fire restrictions is a violation of the law requiring a mandatory appearance in federal court and consequent fines and possibly jail time. Visitors should use extra caution when recreating on all public lands during fire season.

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