Arizona Strip District Office
Bureau of Land Management
345 East Riverside Drive
St. George , AZ 84790
BLM Arizona Strip District, Arizona
For Immediate Release: August 14, 2019
Media Contact: Rachel T. Carnahan, Public Affairs Officer
firstname.lastname@example.org (435) 688-3303
Trumbull Fire update and notice of temporary fire area closure
St. George, Utah – On August 5, 2019, fire managers responded to a lightning caused fire located approximately 53 miles south of St. George, Utah within the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. The “Trumbull Fire,” located in the Mt. Trumbull Wilderness is now approximately 505 acres, burning in ponderosa pine, oak brush, pine needle duff and grass. Multiple resources from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Arizona Strip District are monitoring the fire; including one helicopter, one engine, and a fire effects monitor.
This lightning caused fire is being monitored as it burns naturally across the landscape. This fire is being allowed to play its natural role within the fire-adapted Ponderosa pine ecosystem. Under the right conditions, fire helps break down nutrients and minerals in plants and other debris such as old logs and dense undergrowth and restores them to the soil. The process also improves wildlife habitat and preserves wilderness values while protecting monument objects.
Temporary Fire Area Closure –The Mount Trumbull Fire is in close proximity to the Mount Trumbull Trail and southern end of the Temple Trail. A temporary emergency fire area closure is in effect for these trails, as of August 14, 2019. The public is not allowed to use the above trails due to concerns for public safety and potential impacts to fire-related activities. The closure will remain in effect until it is determined that conditions are safe and that fire activities would not be affected by trail use. For safety reasons, all permit holders in the area must contact BLM Arizona Strip District Fire Management at (435) 688-3366 prior to entry.
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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.