Fire Destroys Four Vessels At Glen Canyon’s Wahweap Marina

Saturday, March 05 2011 15:34   Other NPs
Quick action by firefighters battling a fire at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's Wahweap Marina March 2, 2011 were able to save 40 vessels.

Receiving a call reporting the fire just after 4:30 p.m., park rangers and firefighters responded immediately in the park's new fireboat. By the time they got to the scene, four private houseboats moored at the "O" dock were engulfed in flames.

The Page and Greenehaven fire departments also responded, and the fire was contained by 5 p.m. The fireboat was used to both fight the fire and to tow burning vessels out from their slips in the marina in order to prevent the blaze from spreading to other vessels.

Four houseboats and one personal watercraft were completely destroyed, and a fifth suffered serious damage. Several fingers of the "O" dock sustained very heavy damage. A preliminary estimate by Aramark, the park concessioner, places the total damage to the dock and boats at about $1 million.

The quick response to the fire prevented other boats from being damaged. The new fireboat was critical in containing the fire safely and efficiently.

The burned vessels were moved to the Wahweap launch ramp, which is at present closed to the public.

The Stateline launch ramp has been opened for public use. The National Park Service and Coconino County Sheriff's office are investigating the cause of the fire.

Encompassing over 1.2 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA) offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation.

The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history.


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