Crews Managing High Meadow Fire; Minimizing Impacts

July 30, 2015 - 2:39 pm

Fire staffs continue today to manage the High Meadow Fire located approximately 55 mile southeast of St. George, Utah near Mt. Trumbull and Potato Valley on the BLM Arizona Strip. The lightning-caused High Meadow Fire started July 14. The fire is 1,200 acres in size and is in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument portion of the BLM Arizona Strip.

The High Meadow wildfire is being managed to achieve both protection and natural resource objectives. “Private property and improvements will be protected from the fire while we use the fire to reduce downed fuel accumulation and thin the overstocked ponderosa pine stands,” said Mark Rosenthal, Fire Management Officer for the BLM Arizona Strip District.

“There is no movement on the north end of the fire at the control line due to the burn out,” said High Meadow Fire Incident Command Trainee, Chet Hatch from the Incident Command Post at Mt. Trumbull. “We’re patrolling for spots along the north and starting to mop up the north edge of the fire. So we’re in a hold and control pattern on the north side,” said Hatch of fire managers’ efforts to protect private property to the north.

Fire managers are seeing some activity on the west flank of the fire. Plans are to hold the fire to the control line on the west as well.

Ground crews and aviation are working to minimize impacts to private property (Potato Valley) to the North. The fire is being managed by a Color Country Type-3 Incident Command (IC) Team. 

There are four BLM roads closed to public traffic around the fire area including BLM 1768, 1775, 1802, and 1803. While the Mohave County Rd 5 remains open, the public is urged to use caution due to fire vehicle traffic, personnel and equipment activity, and occasional smoke.

Resources on the fire include 1 Type-1 hot show crew, 3 Type-2 initial attack crews, 1 wildland fire module, 2 Type-3 helicopters, 6 engines, 6 water tenders, air attack and miscellaneous overhead.