The Castle Fire has spread through more than half of the 19,632-acre planning area that fire managers pre-identified soon after the fire was discovered on July 12th. The fire is currently 10,400 acres in size and has moved across about 55% of the planning area. With 177 personnel assigned, firefighters continue to focus their efforts along the planning area's western edge; the furthest point north which is near Lookout Canyon; and the furthest point south, near Dugway and FR 418.
The eastern perimeter is being monitored and patrolled. Along the western perimeter, firefighters are ensuring that the control lines will hold as the fire approaches. Fire behavior generally increases during early to mid-afternoon and subsides as temperatures cool during the evening and through the night.
Yesterday morning, an inversion layer pushed smoke into the lower elevations, but it lifted by early afternoon and the smoke cleared. While rainfall on the Castle Fire has been minimal, there is an 80% chance for showers and thunderstorms over the area on Wednesday. When the rains do arrive, they will be the catalyst for restoration and renewal in areas that the fire has visited.
Active flames are mostly occurring on the flaming front of the fire, which constitutes a small percentage of the 10,400 acres that have burned over the past 20 days.
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 started in the right place at the right time and under favorable conditions, which provided a unique opportunity for fire managers to allow the fire to burn naturally within the planning area.
A temporary Closure Order is in effect for the Castle Fire area: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6439/
The Castle Fire poses no danger to structures or other local infrastructure.
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: Three crews, nine engines, a helicopter, a dozer, a chipper, two water tenders, four masticators, and miscellaneous fire management personnel. Total personnel: approximately 177.
- Current Size: About 10,400 acres and has spread across about 55% 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.
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