- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - A wildfire that has been a potential threat to a highway serving the Grand Canyon’s North Rim has stopped growing as rain and cloud cover continued to help firefighters.

Lightning started the fire June 29. It has burned 22 square miles as of Wednesday, unchanged from Tuesday.

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.

Fire managers say the fire continues to smolder and that firefighters are working to keep the fire in check its growth in some areas while allowing it to spread elsewhere where it’s healthy for forest conditions.

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

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