Bureau of Land Management

Fire staff from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona Strip District is continuing firefighting efforts on the Mt. Emma Fire today.  The lightning-caused fire is located 75 miles southeast of St. George, Utah. As of the morning of June 27, 2015, the fire is 3,295 acres in size. The fire began June 24, 2015 at 4:40 p.m. on the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and burned into Grand Canyon National Park Thursday, June 25, 2015.

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 in rugged terrain. The fire is 2,043 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.

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.

Fire managers for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona Strip District are continuing to manage two lightning-caused fires on the Arizona Strip.

The Sand Cove Fire was first observed from the Black Rock Fire Lookout on June 15, 2015.  It is located approximately 30 miles southwest of St. George, Utah on Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in the Paiute Wilderness.  The fire is 57 acres and will continue to be managed for multiple objectives.  Fire activity is smoldering and creeping.

Fire managers for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona Strip District are managing the Wolf Hole Fire, approximately 10 miles south of St. George, Utah on the Arizona Strip near Hodgets Canyon.

The lightning-caused fire was first observed by the Black Rock Lookout on June 16. The fire is approximately 5 acres in size and is torching and spotting.  Resources on the fire include one Type-3 helicopter and air attack. Four Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) have been ordered.

Fire managers for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona Strip District are managing a fire approximately 30 miles southwest of St. George, Utah, on the Arizona Strip’s Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. The fire is located within the Paiute Wilderness.

The lightning-caused fire was first observed from the Black Rock Fire Lookout on June 15, 2015 at 4pm. The fire is approximately 20 acres in size. Resources on the fire include one fixed wing air attack, one Type 3 helicopter and two engines. 

The Oak Tree Fire is burning in grass, oak, pinyon pine and juniper along State Highway 83 about 10 miles north of Sonoita, Arizona.

The estimated size is 2,023 acres based on better mapping (1,715 acres Coronado National Forest, 305 acres state, 3 acres private, 1/10 acre Bureau of Land Management). At this time the fire is 50 percent contained. Growth potential is currently low.

A coalition of Arizona-based agencies has an important message for everyone heading outdoors this summer: Be a responsible recreationist. It only takes one spark on dry grass, leaves, branches or needles to start a wildfire. 

Chainsaws, dragging trailer chains, carelessly tossed cigarettes, fireworks, abandoned campfires, unshielded OHV mufflers and discharging a firearm all can create sparks and cause wildfires.  No matter how a fire starts, anyone found responsible may have to pay thousands of dollars in fines and restoration costs.

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