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Ikes Fire

Unit Information

Grand Canyon National Park
National Park Service
PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

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Incident Contacts

USFS Public Affairs: Andrew Hostad
Email: andrew.hostad@usda.gov
Phone: 928-643-8110

USFS Public Affairs: Jackie Banks
Email: jacqueline.banks@usda.gov
Phone: 928-635-8314

NPS Public Affairs: Lily Daniels
Phone: 928-638-7958

Highlighted Activity

10/24/2019 Officials to lift Ikes Fire closure on the North Kaibab Ranger District
Effective Sunday October 27, the Kaibab National Forest will lift the area closure around the Ikes Fire, including the popular Rainbow Rim Trail, that has been in place since the lightning caused...
News - 10/24/2019
Ikes Fire map as of Oct. 17, 2019Image options: [ Full Size ]

The lightning-caused Ikes Fire is being utilized to fulfill its natural role in a fire-dependent ecosystem on the Kaibab Plateau. The fire is being utilized to achieve a variety of resource objectives including reducing hazardous fuels, promoting forest regeneration, improving wildlife habitat, and restoring more open forest understory with grasses and forbs. Fire is a force of nature that has shaped the vegetation and ecosystems of the Grand Canyon region.

Location and Cause:
The Ikes Fire, which started on July 25, is a lightning-caused fire on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.

Closures: Grand Canyon National Park North Rim is OPEN.

Because of concerns for public and firefighter safety, the Rainbow Rim Trail and the viewpoints from Parissawampitts Point to Stina Point on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest are closed. Crazy Jug Point north of Parissawampitts is open. For hikers and mountain bikers, the Arizona National Scenic Trail is an alternative recreational opportunity while the Rainbow Rim Trail is closed. The Arizona National Scenic Trail is accessible from many points along Highway 67 and offers a variety of scenery, including views into the Grand Canyon.

Additional details are included in the Ikes Fire Closure Order and Map.

Highway 67 and the North Rim Village, North Rim Lodge and businesses are open. However, some road and trail closures are in effect for the Ikes Fire area within Grand Canyon National Park. The following roads and trails are closed on the North Rim:

  • Powell Plateau Trail

  • North Bass Trail

  • Fire Point

  • Swamp Point

  • W4 road north of the intersection of the W4 and W1 Roads.


This closure will remain in effect until further notice.

The Ikes Fire poses no danger to structures or local infrastructure.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginThursday July 25th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates36.349 latitude, -112.285 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel2
Size16,416 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Outlook

Planned Actions

Fire personnel will continue to monitor and patrol the fire area. The closure area has been lifted on Kaibab National Forest lands but there are still closures in place within Grand Canyon National Park. Please visit https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/firemanagement.htm for specific closure information.

Remarks

The Ikes Fire is still at 16,416 acres in size and hasn't had any measurable growth in over a week.Smoke will continue to be visible from small isolated interior pockets that will continue to burn until significant moisture occurs.