Rehab work follows suppression activities on Castle Fire

Contact(s): Castle Fire Information Center: 928-643-8158, 928-643-8152


FREDONIA, Ariz., August 3, 2019The Castle Fire remains mildly active as intermittent pulses of precipitation visit the fire area with increasing frequency. The forest floor on the eastern half of the fire is blackened and recent rain showers have evenly saturated most of that area. The evidence of the wildfire is found deep within isolated smoldering stumps that are scattered throughout the area.

Active flames up to six inches in height are still present along almost 6 miles of the western edge of the fire, where it is gradually backing downhill towards the western perimeter of the planning area. Ground fuels are primarily carrying the fire, however it has been exhibiting increased fire intensity when it reaches pockets of Ponderosa Pine stringers near Castle Point and Riggs Point.

Now that the fire has covered 11,600 acres of the planning area, firefighters are engaged in rehab efforts that include suppression repair where the soil, disturbed by the construction of hand and dozer lines, is returned to a more natural state. Waterbars are also being constructed to help minimize soil erosion. This work is implemented once the fire has left its mark, and when firefighters can safely access the burned areas. The Castle Fire has traveled across 59% of the 19,632-acre planning area.

Today's weather will be partly cloudy early in the day, then becoming mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Gusty and erratic winds are expected near thunderstorms.

The fire's origin is located about 11 miles south of Jacob Lake, 3 miles west of Highway 67, and just east of Forest Road 761 near Oquer Canyon.

The Castle Fire poses no danger to structures or other local infrastructure.

A Closure Order remains in effect for the Castle Fire area:   https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6439/


CASTLE FIRE OVERVIEW

  • Discovery Date: July 12, 2019.

  • Cause: Lightning.

  • Location (point of origin): Approximately 11 miles south of Jacob Lake, 3 miles west of Highway 67, and just east of Forest Road 761 near Oquer Canyon on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.

  • Current Resources: Two crews, nine engines, a helicopter, a dozer, a chipper, two water tenders, four masticators, two feller bunchers, and miscellaneous fire management personnel. Total personnel: approximately 152.  

  • Current Size: About 11,600 acres and it has spread across about 59% of the 19,632-acre planning area.

  • Predicted Smoke Impacts: Smoke is expected to be visible from both the north and south rims of Grand Canyon National Park, Jacob Lake, Highway 67, Highway 89A, and Fredonia. 

  • Current Closures: Kaibab National Forest managers have implemented a temporary Closure Order for the Castle Fire area in order to provide for public and firefighter safety.  For specific information about the Closure Order, please visit:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6439/

  • Recent and Current Operations: Wildland fire crews plan to continue improving roads and other designated perimeters within which the fire can move. Current weather conditions may influence the use of firing operations which may be conducted as needed in order to strengthen control lines. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area. 


Kaibab National Forest information is available through the following sources:


Rehab work follows suppression activities on Castle Fire news release issued 8-3-19

Castle Fire permimeter map with closure area 8-3-19





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