In recent years, the ongoing drought in northern Arizona has made the arrival of the usually reliable summer rains particularly crucial as a means of preventing disastrous wildfires. As of mid-July the advent of this year’s rainy season is a few weeks behind schedule, and the National Park Service and US Forest Service have wasted no time implementing restrictions on the use of fire and other visitor activities as a precautionary measure. If you are planning to visit any of the public lands in the greater Southwest, it is always wise to check on current conditions and regulations.
With the forests tinder dry and fire crews and locals cringing with every lightning strike, it has never been more important to do your homework before heading into the woodlands. For information on Grand Canyon National Park and Kaibab National Forest fire restrictions and guidelines, visit the park’s Fire Information and Activity page. Be safe, obey the laws, and help ensure that your public lands are kept pristine for future generations.