The Ikes Fire, which started on July 25th, is approximately 28 acres. Rain on Wednesday significantly reduced fire behavior, resulting in almost no new fire growth.
However even with precipitation, the fire can remain active, especially in areas of heavy or dense fuel loads. The fire received no rain on Thursday and the forecast calls for less chances of rain over the next several days. Fire behavior and acreage will likely increase as conditions get dry.
The Ikes Fire is located 3 miles east of Swamp Point and is burning in mixed conifer. Grand Canyon National Park is using the lightning-caused fire to achieve a variety of resource objectives including reducing hazardous fuels, promoting forest regeneration, improving wildlife habitat, and restoring more open forest understory with grasses and forbs.
Individuals driving towards Swamp Point and Fire Point may have limited access. Roads may be temporarily blocked off to allow fire crews to remove hazards. Motorists should watch out for snags across the roadway and slow down for emergency response vehicles.
Grand Canyon National Park is receiving interagency support from two Type Two Initial Attack handcrews and local resources from the North Zone Interagency Fire Management Organization. Other resources assigned to the fire are four engines, a medic team, a water tender, safety officer, fire effects monitors, and a resource advisor.
The Ikes Fire poses no danger to structures or local infrastructure.
Please visit https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/firemanagement.htm for additional information about wildland fire at Grand Canyon National Park or call 928-638-7819 for recorded fire information. For additional information about the Ikes fire, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6475/.