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Castle Fire dwindling down, Ikes Fire showing benefits
Aerial reconnaissance of the Castle Fire late Tuesday showed the fire has spread across most of the 19,368 acres of the pre-determined planned area, exhibiting low to moderate fire behavior. Smoke will be visible from the Castle Fire as it continues to burn interior pockets of dead and down trees.
On Thursday, the Type 3 Team Incident Management Team with IC Brandon Allen will transition command of the Castle Fire to a smaller Type 4 Incident Management organization that will continue to oversee and monitor the Castle Fire.
Total personnel currently includes one crew of 86 firefighters, four engines, a helicopter, a dozer, two masticators, one skidder, and miscellaneous fire management personnel.
Fire managers will start releasing firefighting personnel and resources no longer needed. Assessment and removal of hazard trees, rehab and cleanup work will also continue.
Smoke will be visible as fire behavior increases during the peak burning period which is mid-day to late afternoon.
A Closure Order remains in effect for the Castle Fire area: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6439/
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. Resource objectives include reducing hazardous fuels, promoting forest regeneration, improving wildlife habitat and restoring more open forest understory.
Tuesday crews began firing operations to secure the northeast corner of the planning area. Firing operations occur to reduce fuels along control lines and keep the fire within the planning area. Currently the fire is burning with low to moderate fire intensity, with occasional flare-ups in dense pockets of fuel. Smoke will be visible from both the North and South Rims.
Weather is mostly sunny with no precipitation forecasted for the next few days. Southwest-west winds may move smoke east towards State Highway 67 near the North Rim Entrance Station and De Motte Campground.
Approximately 59 personnel are currently assigned to the Ikes Fire, including a Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) crew, three engines, a task force leader, resource advisor, and fire effects monitors. Additional resources will be requested as needed
Closures remain in effect for the planning area of the Ikes Fire for Grand Canyon National Park and Kaibab National Forest. More information on these closures can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6475/.
The Ikes Fire poses no danger to structures or local infrastructure.