Wildland Fire in Grand Canyon National Park: The lightning-caused fire is being utilized to fulfill its natural role in a fire-dependent ecosystem within a defined planning area of 8,000 acres 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.
Each fire start within the National Park is evaluated by fire management officials for the most appropriate management strategy. Firefighter safety, resources at risk, location of the fire, available resources, regional and national preparedness levels, and weather forecast are taken into consideration when responding to a wildfire ignition.
Location and Cause:The Ikes Fire, which started on July 25, is a lighting caused fire located approximately three miles east of Swamp Point in Grand Canyon National Park North Rim.
Current Conditions: One of the main objectives for utilizing the Ikes Fire within the 7,785-acre planning area is for resource benefit. The Type 3 Incident Management Team is using a variety of methods to confine the fire within the predetermined area. These methods include the usage of natural barriers and constructed fireline while tactical firing operations along the perimeter are incorporated to add depth to the line. Once the line is completed, it slows or stops fire as it approaches.
Completion of the Ikes Fire Objectives is currently at 66%. This portion of the pre-determined planning area has had fire move through it with low to moderate fire behavior observed. Fire is a force of nature that has shaped the vegetation and ecosystems of the national parks. The first national parks were created in the late 1800s. At the time, wildfires were suppressed because they were a threat to the grand scenery.
Over the years, firefighters learned that when all fire is suppressed, fuels build up making larger and damaging fires unavoidable. Grand Canyon National Park and Kaibab National Forest are working together to safely utilize this lightning caused fire effectively and to promote healthy forest regeneration.
Closures: The following roads and trails on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon have been closed for public safety and to allow firefighters to conduct operations in the area of the fire.
- Powell Plateau Trail, North Bass Trail, Fire Point, Swamp Point, and the W4 road north of the intersection of W4 and W1
The Kaibab National Forest instituted a Temporary Area Closure for all National Forests System lands and roads within the Ikes Fire Planning Area. This Order will be in effect beginning at 8:00 AM on August 8, 2019, and shall remain in effect until September 27, 2019, or until rescinded, whichever comes first.
This closure will remain in effect until further notice. Other roads and trails in the planning area may be temporarily blocked off due to hazards and fire personnel working in the area.
The Ikes Fire poses no danger to structures or local infrastructure.
Resources: Grand Canyon National Park is receiving interagency support from one Type 2 Initial Attack crew, eight engines crews, one dozer, one medic team, a water tender, safety officer, fire effects monitors, resource advisor, and miscellaneous Incident Management Team members.
More Fire Information: Please visit https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/firemanagement.htm for additional information about wildland fire at Grand Canyon National Park or call 928-638-7819 for recorded fire information. For additional information about the Ikes fire, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6475/.
For fire information on the Kaibab National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab or @KaibabNF on Facebook and Twitter or call (928) 635-8311 for recorded fire information.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Thursday July 25th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Incident Commander||David Veater - Type 3 IC|
|Coordinates||36.349 latitude, -112.285 longitude|
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Single Tree Torching
Firefighters plan to continue firing operations along planning area perimeter of the W4 road. Prep FS Road 223 moving west towards Fire Point.
Crews remain available for initial attack if needed.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 Hours: Continue with hand ignitions along perimeter of planning area as weather conditions allow. Patrol perimeter and improve fire line.
A hot and dry weather pattern will continue over the fire site through Thursday. Expect low afternoon humidity with near record high temperatures on Wednesday. Temperatures will drop a couple of degrees on Thursday and will continue the decline Friday into the weekend.