Ikes Fire Growing On North Rim

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Even after multiple rain showers the Ikes Fire continues to burn through the duff layer of needles, leaf litter, and downed logs along the forest floor. Photo taken by Jason Engle (Ikes PIO)

Grand Canyon – The Ikes Fire has grown to 85 acres due to warmer, drier weather over the past few days. An increase in fire activity is occurring on south facing slopes due to more direct sunlight allowing vegetation to dry out from recent monsoonal activity.

Fire continues to spread along the forest floor.

According to the National Park service, approximately 40 personnel are assigned to the Ikes Fire.

The Ikes Fire, which started on July 25th due to lightning strike, is located 3 miles east of
Swamp Point on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The fire is less than 1 mile south of the boundary with the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest. Closures remain in effect for the Ikes Fire and more information can be found here.

The Ikes Fire poses no danger to structures or local infrastructure.

Over the weekend, Grand Canyon identified 3 lightning caused fires. The Royal Fire, Sinkhole Fire, and Outlet Fire located on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park are 100% contained due to full suppression tactics. Suppression tactics include firefighters building containment line around the perimeter and receiving aerial support from helicopter bucket drops. The Outlet Fire may produce visible smoke to the west of the North Rim Lodge.

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