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Ikes Fire on Grand Canyon National Park North Rim Grows to 25 Acres

green brush covered slopes at the head of a canyon. a single butte in the foreground and canyon walls in the distance.
View to the northwest from near Swamp Point, location of North Bass Trailhead. NPS/M.Quinn (stock photo)

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News Release Date: July 31, 2019

Contact: Jason Engle, 928-638-7071

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.

Please visit https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/firemanagement.htm for additional information about wildland fire at Grand Canyon National Park or call 928-638-7819 for recorded fire information. To learn more about current fires in the region and across the country, visit www.inciweb.nwcg.gov.

-NPS



Last updated: August 14, 2019

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