Mt Emma Fire Crews use Direct & Indirect Suppression Tactics

July 4, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Interagency firefighting efforts continue on the Mt. Emma Fire.  The lightning-caused fire located 75 miles southeast of St. George, Utah is approximately 4,201 acres and burning within Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument’s Mount Logan Wilderness and Grand Canyon National Park.

The fire continues to benefit from moisture and the increased humidity provided by recent storm activity. This has moderated fire activity and less smoke is visible as a result.  Smoke continues to be visible on the northeastern side of the fire, remaining active mostly on the interior, and has not contributed to any significant fire growth or movement.

Resources on scene continue to monitor the progression of the fire and the weather, adjusting their tactics and resources as needed, while also ensuring firefighter safety, as they are working in rough terrain.

With the ongoing fire activities and holiday weekend, there is still a significant amount of traffic in the area of the fire; therefore fire managers request the public’s help in ensuring safety on backcountry roadways in the vicinity of the fire.

There are no road or trail closures anticipated at this time. Smoke may be visible from St. George and Kanab, Utah; Fredonia and the North and South Rims in Arizona.

Fire History

  • Start:  The fire began June 24, 2015 at 4:40 p.m.
  • Location: The Grand Canyon-Parashant and National Monument and Grand Canyon National Park
  • Acres: 3,950 acres
  • Closures: There are no road or trail closures anticipated at this time.
  • Smoke: Smoke may be visible from St. George and Kanab, Utah; Fredonia and the North and South Rims in Arizona.

The Mt. Emma fire is burning in and out of 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.

As firefighters remain busy with lightning caused fires from recent thunderstorms, we are asking for everyone’s help in preventing human caused fires.  Remember the use of fireworks is prohibited on public lands. 

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