- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Rain has helped slow the growth of a wildfire that has been a potential threat to a highway serving the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, and fire manages say forest rehabilitation work is now beginning.

Fire managers say the fire continues to smolder but that rain has helped crews hold and strengthen existing fire lines.

Lightning started the fire June 29. It has burned 22 square miles as of Tuesday, up slightly from 21.3 square miles as of Monday.

The lodge and other facilities at the North Rim’s village remain open as firefighters have kept the fire to the north and east of State Route 67.

Nearly 600 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire.

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