29.4 mi
NNW of Grand Canyon, AZ
3 months
time burning
Last Updated: 5 mins, 4 secs ago
Incident #: AZ-GCP-000053
Fire Start: Thursday, July 25, 2019 4:31 PM MST
Dispatch Notes: Wdc #4 7/25/2019

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 8 hours, 51 mins ago

The lightning-caused Ikes Fire is being utilized to fulfill its natural role in a fire-dependent ecosystem on the Kaibab Plateau. The fire is being utilized 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. Fire is a force of nature that has shaped the vegetation and ecosystems of the Grand Canyon region.

Location and Cause:
The Ikes Fire, which started on July 25, is a lightning-caused fire on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.

Closures: Grand Canyon National Park North Rim is OPEN.

Because of concerns for public and firefighter safety, the Rainbow Rim Trail and the viewpoints from Parissawampitts Point to Stina Point on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest are closed. Crazy Jug Point north of Parissawampitts is open. For hikers and mountain bikers, the Arizona National Scenic Trail is an alternative recreational opportunity while the Rainbow Rim Trail is closed. The Arizona National Scenic Trail is accessible from many points along Highway 67 and offers a variety of scenery, including views into the Grand Canyon.

Additional details are included in the Ikes Fire Closure Order and Map.

Highway 67 and the North Rim Village, North Rim Lodge and businesses are open. However, some road and trail closures are in effect for the Ikes Fire area within Grand Canyon National Park. The following roads and trails are closed on the North Rim:

  • Powell Plateau Trail

  • North Bass Trail

  • Fire Point

  • Swamp Point

  • W4 road north of the intersection of the W4 and W1 Roads.

This closure will remain in effect until further notice.

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

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Thursday July 25th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Incident Description:
36.349, -112.285

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Grass and Understory)

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Fire managers will continue to monitor the fire as it continues to burn below the rim in steep inaccessible terrain on Powell Plateau in Grand Canyon National Park. Crews will continue to evaluate containment options and prep control lines where feasible.
The Ikes Fire is now at 16,416 acres in size. The recent growth has all been to the southwest in Grand Canyon National Park below the rim on Powell Plateau where the fire is burning in steep inaccessible terrain and does not pose a threat to the public. Smoke will continue to be visible until significant moisture occurs.


Incident Contact
USFS Public Affairs: Andrew Hostad
Email: andrew.hostad@usda.gov
Phone: 928-643-8110
Fire Unit Information
Grand Canyon National Park
National Park Service
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023