Originally published Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 10:14a.m.

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — On July 18 Grand Canyon National Park fire crews discovered a wildfire on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Fire crews are actively working to supress the lightning ignited Imperial Fire. The fire went from three acres to one and a half acres in size and was located along the Cape Royal Road near Vista Encantada.

Smoke was visible from both the North and South Rims of the park. At this time there are no road closures, but individuals driving along Cape Royal Road should be aware of fire crews working. Motorists are advised to turn on their headlights and slow down for emergency response vehicles.

Grand Canyon National Park is seeing an increase in wildfire starts because of monsoonal lightning patterns. Each fire start is evaluated by fire management officials and placed in monitor or full suppression status. The decision to suppress or monitor a fire is based on location, available resources, regional and national preparedness levels and weather forecast. Fires below the rim are placed in monitor status.

Information provided by Grand Canyon National Park.

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