News Release BLM Arizona Strip District, Arizona
For Immediate Release: August 22, 2019
Media Contact: Samual Rogers, Public Information Officer
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Trumbull Fire update and notice of extended fire area closure
St. George, Utah – Fire management personnel continue to monitor the lightning-caused "Trumbull Fire" within the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, that has now grown to 2,540 acres. The fire started on August 5, 2019 and is located in the Mt. Trumbull Wilderness where it continues to burn in ponderosa pine, oak brush, pine needle duff and grass. Resources from multiple agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire Department are currently managing the fire. Crews on scene include 1 Type 1 hotshot crew, 1 Type 2 initial attack crew, 1 Type 1 wildland fire module, 1 Type 3 helicopter, 1 Type 4 engine, 1 Type 6 engine, and a water tender.
This fire is being allowed to play its natural role within the fire-adapted Ponderosa pine ecosystem. Under the right conditions, fire helps break down nutrients and minerals in plants and other debris such as old logs and dense undergrowth and restores them to the soil. The process also improves wildlife habitat and preserves wilderness values while protecting monument objects.
Temporary Fire Area Closure – For the Trumbull Fire, fire personnel are requiring a temporary closure to ensure safe fire management operations (see attached map). The public is not allowed to use the closure area due to concerns for public safety and potential impacts to fire-related activities.
The Mohave County Road #5 remains open through the closure area, but may be temporarily closed during fire operations. Flaggers will be posted on the road at both ends of the closure area during fire operations to safely guide travelers through the area. Travelers should expect short-term delays through the area. This temporary fire area closure is in effect as of 12:00 pm, (MST Arizona) August 22, 2019.
The Mount Trumbull Trail and southern end of the Temple Trail closures also remain in effect. The public is not allowed to use the above trails due to concerns for public safety and potential impacts to fire-related activities. The closure will remain in effect until it is determined that conditions are safe and that fire activities would not be affected by trail use. For safety reasons, all permit holders in the area must contact BLM Arizona Strip District Fire Management at (435) 688-3366 prior to entry.
For more information about the Mount Trumbull Fire, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6514/. Updates will also be provided via Twitter at https://twitter.com/BLMAZFire.
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