No new growth on Castle Fire as rehab work continues

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


FREDONIA, Ariz., August 4, 2019There was no additional growth on the Castle Fire on Saturday, however the fire continued to burn at low intensity within portions of the burned area east of Lookout Canyon and just south of Oquer Point. Intermittent pulses of rain showers have visited the fire area with increasing frequency over the past few days. While fire activity has moderated significantly along the western edge of the fire, the eastern side of the Castle Fire is well saturated due to recent showers.

As daytime temperatures increase, unburned fuels may help advance the fire's spread westward. Firefighters will keep pace with the fire's progress to ensure that it stays within the 19,632-acre planning area.

The fire has covered 11,600 acres of the planning area over the past 23 days. Firefighters are working on 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, or small earth berms, are also being constructed in strategic locations to help minimize soil erosion. This type of 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 forecast calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms followed by a 40% chance of rain later in the day.

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, eleven engines, a helicopter, a dozer, a chipper, two water tenders, four masticators, two feller bunchers, and miscellaneous fire management personnel. Total personnel: approximately 158.  

  • Current Size: About 11,600 acres and it has spread across about 59% of the 19,632-acre planning area. No new growth was reported on August 3rd.

  • 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:


No new growth on Castle Fire as rehab work continues news release issued 8-4-19

Castle Fire perimeter map and closure area 8-4-19





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