Drier weather conditions have led to additional growth on the Ikes Fire, which is now approximately 205 acres. The lightning-caused wildfire is actively burning within a 7,785-acre planning area. The Ikes Fire is being utilized to fulfill its natural role within a fire-dependent ecosystem while providing for point protection of identified sensitive natural and cultural resources. Resource objectives include reducing hazardous fuels, promoting forest regeneration, improving wildlife habitat, and restoring more open forest understory.
The Kaibab National Forest instituted a Temporary Area Closure for all National Forests System lands and roads within the Ikes Fire Planning Area. This Order will be in effect beginning at 8:00 AM on August 8 and shall remain in effect until September 27, 2019, or until rescinded, whichever comes first.
The Grand Canyon National Park Closure Order remains in place. The following areas are closed on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon:
The Ikes Fire moved into the northeast portion of the planning area that has a history of little to no fire activity in over two decades. This wildfire is consuming heavy fuel accumulations on the forest floor and is helping ensure the ecosystem will be healthier and more resilient in the future.
The Ikes Fire continues to grow despite the minimal amount of moisture received from recent storms. The fire is approximately 58 acres.
Over the past two decades, there has been minimal to no fire activity in the northeast section of the current planning area. The lack of fire activity has lead to build up of vegetation which creates a higher fuel load for future fires moving through the area. Yesterday the fire moved into this area and fire managers anticipate fire activity will increase depending on the amount of precipitation = received.
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.