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Chessman Canyon Fire

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Cedar Breaks National Monument
National Park Service
2390 W. HWY 56
Cedar City , UT 84720

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The Chessman Canyon Fire is active during the warmer afternoon hours in isolated pockets within the burn area.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Please DO NOT report this fire. This fire is being monitored by firefighters along the monument rim. The fire is located at the bottom of the amphitheater and is confined by natural barriers. The fire poses no threat to public or structures.

Location and Cause: The Chessman Canyon Fire in Cedar Breaks National Monument was discovered on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and is lightning-caused.

Size: Approximately 415 acres

Wildfire at Cedar Breaks National Monument: Fire is a natural part of the ecosystem and it is being allowed to play its natural role when there are no direct threats to national park resources or visitor safety.

Fire managers assess risk, predict fire behavior and growth, and determine where they will limit the fire’s spread within a predetermined area where it can be safely utilized. While fire managers may allow the fire to progress naturally where it is benefiting the landscape, they will use a full range of tactics to delay, direct, or minimize the spread of fire in one or more areas if necessary to protect firefighter/public safety, and protect sensitive natural or cultural resources.

Naturally-ignited wildland fires play an important role in fire-adapted ecosystems by reducing dead wood accumulations to ash and releasing nutrients that stimulate new plant growth, and helping to regulate insect and disease levels. Fire increases habitat diversity and breaks up continuous fuels on the forest floor (branches, fallen trees, etc.) which can help limit or slow the intensity and spread of large wildfires in the future.

As the fire has approached the boundary of the predetermined area established by fire managers. A helicopter has conducted bucket drops with water to slow or stop the fire on the southwest portion of the perimeter.

Air Quality: Smoke from the Chessman Canyon Fire may be visible for several days, or even weeks, as it is allowed to move across the landscape within a predetermined area. For public and firefighter safety, turn headlights on and slow down when driving through areas where visibility is impacted by smoke. Visit to learn more.

Closures: All roads and trails are OPEN at this time

Resources: The Chessman Canyon Fire resources include two engines, one helicopter, and three Incident Management Team members.

More Information: To learn more about wildland fire’s role in national parks visit

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday September 03rd, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationCedar Breaks National Monument
Incident CommanderType 4 - Colter Coates IC
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates37.643 latitude, -112.858 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel13
Size420 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

Fire behavior Observed:





Projected Incident Activity

Continue to monitor fire behavior

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Current weather conditions are forecast to be clear and windy with gusts up to 20mph. A dry cold front is expected Wednesday night bringing stronger winds and much colder temperatures