Hwy 67 on The N. Rim Is Now Open; Delays and Intermittent Closures Possible
Incident: Thompson Prescribed Fire
Highway 67 (the North Rim park entrance road) re-opened this morning, November 4, at 9:00 am with a pilot car after being closed overnight at the park boundary due to smoke from the Range and Thompson prescribed fires. As of 10:00am, the road has re-opened to two-way traffic.
Moderate to heavy smoke impacts to Highway 67 (the park entrance road) are anticipated throughout the Range and Thompson prescribed fires. Visitors should be prepared for poor visibility as well as possible delays and intermittent closures along the entrance road. Overnight closures of the road are also possible. Drivers are advised to use their headlights and to watch for and obey traffic signs and personnel.
Smoke from the Range and Thompson prescribed fires is visible along Hwy 67 and Hwy 89A as well as from various locations on both the North and South Rims. During the day, smoke is expected to rise as temperatures warm and settle as temperatures cool in the evening. Smoke is also expected to settle into the canyon at night and may also settle in the North Rim development, House Rock Valley, Marble Canyon and Page areas. Smoke impacts have the potential to be heavy in the inner canyon.
For updates on the Range and Thompson prescribed fires and the status of the road, please visit http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3304/), Follow @GrandCanyonNPS on Twitter, or call 928-638-7819 (recorded message). If you would like to receive Twitter Messages (Tweets) as Text Messages, please visit http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3304/18249/ to learn how.