Welcome to the Grand Canyon Community News email for July 18th. Our goal is to combine all Grand Canyon area Activities, Events, Meetings, Volunteer Opportunities in one newsletter and send it out weekly. If you have something to contribute please click the links below.
Native plants are being given away to Grand Canyon Village and North Rim residents
Volunteering opportunity during the event!
(Note: Plants available for in-park residents only)
Days: July 24th, 25th and 26th
Times: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Native Plant Nursery
(1402 Kennel Road, off Rowe Well Road)
If you have any questions, please contact Ahsa Jensen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Grand Canyon Resident,
Earlier this month Grand Canyon National Park fire managers changed the South Rim and North Rim to very a high fire danger classification. The Tusayan and Williams ranger districts in the Kaibab National Forest remain in very high fire danger as well. Very high fire danger means wildfires can start easily and that small fuels (such as grasses and needles) will ignite readily. The large amount of precipitation received over the previous winter and spring have resulted in extensive grass growth throughout the area. This vegetation is now beginning to cure, or dry out, resulting in larger than normal fuel for a potential fire. When the fire danger is very high, fires will start easily from most causes. The fires will spread rapidly and have a quick increase in intensity, right after ignition. Small fires can quickly become large fires and exhibit extreme fire intensity, such as long-distance spotting and fire whirls. These fires can be difficult to control and will often become much larger and longer-lasting fires.
As a reminder, Grand Canyon National Park operates under year-round fire regulations. This means:
- Within the park, fires are only allowed in designated campgrounds and may only be ignited in grills, designated fire rings, or fire receptacles located in the area immediately adjacent to you residence.
- While hiking or camping below the rim, cook stoves may be used, but campfires and other open fires are never allowed.
- On a river trip, campfires are only allowed in elevated metal pans and use of a fire proof blanker under the metal pan is required.
As residents, we can help to make Grand Canyon a safer place to live and visit by taking simple precautions to develop defensible space around our homes. Defensible space refers to the area between a building and the surrounding forest where vegetation has been changed to reduce the threat of fire. It also provides an area where firefighters can safely defend your home. Developing defensible space can be as simple as a properly maintained yard.
A defensible perimeter should be maintained around all residences and out-buildings. This is defined as a barrier that will not sustain flame or allow fire to travel to a structure. Pine needles, grass, pine cones, twigs and weeds can carry fire to your home. You can stop a fire's spread by keeping your yard well maintained. Simple actions, such as removing pine needles a minimum of 5 feet around each structure can help tremendously! If possible, please place pine needles in plastic bags and place the bags in the nearest dumpster for removal. Large fuels such as firewood, lumber, and other combustibles should be a minimum of 30 feet away from any building. A minimum clearance of 15 feet should be maintained around propane tanks. Power weed eaters and rakes are available for loan to Grand Canyon residents.
Please keep up-to-date about wildland fires, prescribed fires, and other incidents throughout the region, state and country. Here are some great sources of information:
Your help can reduce the risk that wildland fires pose. Our greatest defense against a wildfire is to take proper precautions now. If you have any questions or concerns and live on the South Rim, please contact Chris Marks at 928-638-7417. For the North Rim, please contact Chris Ahnlund at 928-638-7949.
Did you know...The death of a loved one can be overwhelming and disorienting. Victim Witness Services is here for support and can be present to you in the following ways. Your Victim Witness Advocate…
- can be present for support as you make calls to the funeral home and your friends and family
- can provide names and phone numbers for local funeral homes, cemeteries, medicine men, and other resources to available to honor your loved one and begin your own healing journey as you establish a new normal.
- can help you apply for benefits, assist with the return of personal property or effects, and guide you to resources to assist as you begin to rebuild and restructure your life.
- can assist with finding a grief counselor and support groups for you or members of your family.
If your loved one’s death was the result of a crime your Victim Witness Advocate…
- can help determine if you may be eligible for compensation to assist with funeral costs.
- can assist you in obtaining any crime-related reports and communicating with law enforcement.
- can assistance in advocating for your personal cultural belief system regarding the honoring of your loved one during an autopsy.
- can walk with you through the legal process; including attending court hearings, keeping you updated on the progress of the case, and making sure your voice gets heard by the court.
We are happy to announce the Grand Canyon Food Pantry is open. Mondays 8 - 11, Wednesdays 11-2 pm and Saturdays 2 - 5 pm. For more information check out their Facebook Page.
The Summer Cafe is open at the Grand Canyon Recreation Center Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. In Tusayan Monday - Friday at the Tusayan GCSD Sports Complex from 11:30 - 1:30. All kids are welcome! Program continues through July 26th.
Supplemental Food Backpack program is still running - any family that may be in need of supplemental food please contact Mike Scott - those that received backpacks during the school year please note the program is still in operation and please pick up your backpacks from the lockers.
Old Cars needed for Fire Training: Need to get rid of a useless car? You can donate them to the fire department for training. If you do please contact Ray or Greg at 928-648-3473 Thank you in advance.
We have added a lot to our Google Calendar so please take a look here