New Water Fire Now Classified as Controlled
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. - The New Water Fire, on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon near Meadview, Arizona, was declared "controlled" on Friday, August 19.
The lightning-caused New Water Fire was discovered on August 3 on private land just south of the Grand Canyon National Park boundary. Burning primarily in grass and brush with some pinyon-juniper, the fire quickly spread into the park and onto lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Through an interagency effort, the fire was contained on August 7.
Since then, fire personnel have been working to reinforce containment lines; and once it was determined that there was no longer any foreseeable threat from the fire, it was declared "controlled."
The National Park Service, BLM and BIA have cooperatively agreed that any further monitoring of the fire or decisions about its status will be made by the BIA - Truxton Cañon Agency, as the controlled fire is closest to their base of operations.
Information about the New Water Fire is available on InciWeb at http://inciweb.org/incident/2446/.
Did You Know?
The more recent Kaibab limestone caprock, on the rims of the Grand Canyon, formed 270 million years ago. In contrast, the oldest rocks within the Inner Gorge at the bottom of Grand Canyon date to 1.84 billion years ago. Geologists currently set the age of Earth at 4.5 billion years.