New Water Fire Being Suppressed on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – A type III incident management organization is currently working to suppress the New Water Fire (previously referred to as Grand Wash Complex Fire) which include lands within the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, as well as lands managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs –Truxton Cañon Agency, the Bureau of Land Management - Kingman Area Field Office, and the Arizona Division of Forestry. This lightning-caused fire was reported at approximately 5 pm on Wednesday, August 3.
The New Water Fire is located approximately six miles east of Meadview, Arizona and fifty miles north of Kingman, Arizona and originated on private land adjacent to the park. The fire, which is burning in grass, brush, and pinyon juniper quickly spread across the park boundary.
The size of the fire was estimated at 6,156 acres as of 6:00 pm Thursday, August 4.
Two hot shot crews, two engines, two helicopters and two single-engine air tankers are working to suppress the fire; and containment is currently expected on August 8.
Additional resources are being ordered to assist in the suppression effort.
Start Date: August 3
Location: 6 miles east of Meadview, Arizona and 50 miles north of Kingman, Arizona
Fuels: grass, brush and pinyon juniper
Personnel/Equipment currently assigned to the fire: two hot shot crews, two engines, two helicopters and two single-engine tankers
Values at risk: The uncontained east flank of the fire is approximately three miles west of Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Indian Reservation.
Did You Know?
Each year, thousands of hikers enter the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. They follow a route established by prehistoric people for two key reasons: water and access. Water emerges from springs at Indian Garden, and a fault creates a break in the cliffs, providing access to the springs.