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Wildland use fires on Tusayan District

A wildfire and three wildland use fires are burning actively on the Kaibab National Forest. Two wildland use fires are on the Tusayan Ranger District, while another wildland use fire and wildfire are located on the North Kaibab Ranger District.

A wildland use fire is a naturally-ignited fire that is managed for resource benefit rather than extinguished. All human-caused fires and some naturally-occuring blazes are classified as wildfire and are suppressed.

Tusayan District

West Wildland Use Fire: Ignited on Thursday, June 8, and discovered on Friday, June 9, this fire is located north of Forest Road 301, about a mile west of Skinner Tank and eight miles southeast of Tusayan. At the beginning of the week, about 600 acres of ponderosa pine and scattered oak forest had burned. That was expected to grow but at a substantially slower rate than over the weekend. About 15 fire personnel are assigned. Smoke impacts are possible at night along FR 302, and during the day on Desert View Drive. This fire is bordered by the previously treated Scott Burn area to the north and east and the North Wildland Use Fire to the east and southeast. As this fire meets those previously treated areas, its progress is expected to slow considerably.

Bar Wildland Fire Use: Discovered June 11, this fire is located about three miles west of the junction of State Highway 64 and Forest Road 307, about 16 miles southeast of Tusayan in the Upper Basin area. As of Monday, it had burned 100 acres of pinyon-juniper and grass. About 20 people are managing it.

North Kaibab District

Warm Wildland Fire Use: Discovered on Thursday, June 8, this lightning-caused blaze is located about three miles south of Jacob Lake adjacent to and west of Highway 67. As of Monday, it had burned 105 acres of ponderosa pine litter and was expected to continue to grow. About 35 fire crew members are managing the fire, which is burning at low to moderate intensity. Because of its proximity to the highway, smoke impacts could affect traffic.

Indian Wildfire: Discovered on Friday, June 9, this lightning-caused fire is located on the southwest corner of the district, adjacent to the park, morth of Monument and Crazy Jug points and about 19 miles southwest of Jacob Lake. As of Monday, it had burned about 464 acres in timber, grass and brush habitat and was 90 percent contained.

Over the weekend three airtankers and a helicopter helped bring the blaze under control. About 88 fire personnel were assigned to the fire as of Monday.

For information, call Jackie Denk at 928-635-5607.

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