On June 24, 2015, fire staff from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona Strip District responded to a smoke report from field staff and the Black Rock Lookout. The lightning-caused Mt. Emma Fire started at approximately 4:40 p.m. and is located 75 miles southeast of St. George, Utah. The fire is 194 acres in size and began on the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. The fire began burning into a remote portion of the Grand Canyon National Park Thursday morning.
Resources on the fire include 1 load of smoke jumpers, 1 hot shot crew, 1 Type 2 initial attack crew, and 1 Type 3 helicopter. The fire is burning in open Ponderosa pine and pinyon and juniper.
Fire managers are using both direct and indirect approaches for fire suppression on the Mt. Emma fire. Due to the remote, rugged, mountainous terrain in which the Mt. Emma fire is burning requires fire management to balance suppression efforts with the primary goal of fire fighter safety.
“This is a suppression fire that we are taking action on with resources on the ground,” said BLM Public Affairs Officer Rachel Carnahan. “We’re using both indirect and direct suppression tactics on this fire which is necessary in this kind of remote, rugged terrain. Access to reach the fire is difficult so we’re working to balance fire fighter safety—which is paramount—with feasible suppression tactics.”
The fire is burning within the footprint of the 1999 Emma Fire which burned 1,286 acres. It is also located northwest of the 2005 Tuweep fire which burned 1,866 acres.
There are no road or trail closures anticipated at this time. The public is urged to use caution when traveling in the area. Smoke may be visible from St. George.