Within the past few weeks, North Zone fire personnel consisting of firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service have responded jointly to multiple lightning-caused wildfires located on both the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and adjacent North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.
Lightning-caused wildfires are a common occurrence during the monsoon season (typically late-June through late-July). There have been a total of 14 lightning-caused wildfires in the last three weeks. One fire currently in monitor status is the Pine Hollow wildfire.
Monitoring a wildfire is a fire management tactic used by fire managers when strategizing an incident response, and contributing factors that help steer this decision-making process are often incident specific. Location, available resources, predicted weather, topography, air quality and predicted fire behavior are all factors that contribute to fire management decisions.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday July 19th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Location||The fire is west of Big Springs Field Station in the vicinity of Little Mountain on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.|
|Incident Commander||Paul Lemmon|
Continue monitoring fire behavior.
Showers expected over the next several days as monsoon moisture is forecasted to spread back across Arizona, bringing an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday.
Additional moisture is forecasted to remain over the region with scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms on Sunday through Tuesday with temperatures slightly below normal.