Monitoring a prescribed fire on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park (Photo: National Park Service)
Grand Canyon, AZ– The Ikes Fire, which started on July 25th, is approximately 25 acres. Fire behavior was active with surface fire of three to five foot flames where the fire was consuming dead logs. The fire is backing and flanking towards the east.
Located 3 miles east of Swamp Point, the Ikes Fire is burning in mixed conifer. Fire managers plan to continue the strategy of confinement and containment in the planning area while providing for point protection of identified sensitive natural and cultural resources.
Fire crews have contained the 2 acre Lindbergh Fire, detected on July 26nd, near Lindbergh Hill. Crews worked on securing the perimeter and used aviation assets to support suppression efforts with bucket work. This afternoon the area received light precipitation which aided in the mop-up.
The Shinumo and Lancelot Fires have been contained and controlled.
At this time there are no road closures. However individuals driving towards Swamp Point should be aware of fire crews working in the vicinity. Motorists should watch out for snags across the roadway and slow down for emergency response vehicles.
Grand Canyon National Park is receiving interagency support from two Type Two Initial Attack handcrews and local resources from the North Zone Interagency Fire Management Organization. Other resources assigned to the fire are four engines, a medic team, a water tender, a resource advisor, and a fire ecologist.
Each fire start 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.