Kaibab National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
800 S. 6th St.
Williams, AZ 86046
Castle Fire Information
Smoke will continue to be seen from the Castle Fire in the days ahead as weather conditions remain dry and warm. These conditions have proved favorable to allow the Castle Fire to spread gently and moderately southward into Dugway and Lookout Canyon, while consuming acres of dead and down vegetation such as pine needles, dry brush and grass. Interior pockets of dead fuel and overgrowth will continue to smolder until a wetting rain event occurs.
Fire managers conducted air reconnaissance late yesterday to assess movement of the fire within the interior and evaluate actions necessary in order to hold and secure confinement of the Castle Fire within the pre-identified planning area. Rehab work will continue as needed.
Today's weather forecast calls again for mostly sunny with no precipitation and is forecasted to continue until Thursday. Smoke will be visible as fire behavior increases during the peak burning period which is mid-day to late afternoon.
Soon after the Castle Fire started on July 12th, fire managers pre-identified the 19,632-acre planning area where the lightning-caused wildfire would be allowed to fulfill its natural role within a fire-dependent ecosystem. Better mapping of the pre-identified planning area has indicated a decrease in acreage from 19,632 to 19,368. The fire has burned through about 95% of the planning area, as pockets of unburned fuel remain within the fire's interior. By allowing the wildfire to naturally burn through this area, the ecosystem will become healthier and more resilient.
A Closure Order remains in effect for the Castle Fire area: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6439/
CASTLE FIRE OVERVIEW
Current Resources: One crew, four engines, a helicopter, a dozer, two masticators, one skidder, and miscellaneous fire management personnel. Total personnel: approximately 90.
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