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Mt. Emma Continues to Burn

Mt. Emma Continues to Burn
June 29
08:38 2015

St. George, Utah —Fire staff from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona Strip District is continuing firefighting Mt. Emma fire 2efforts on the Mt. Emma Fire.  The lightning-caused fire located 75 miles southeast of St. George, Utah is approximately 3,500 acres in size as of 8:30 p.m. June 27, 2015.

The fire began June 24, 2015 at 4:40 p.m. on the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and burned into Grand Canyon National Park Thursday, June 25, 2015.

“Saturday’s heat resulted in growth in the late afternoon,” said BLM Arizona Strip District Public Affairs Officer Rachel Carnahan. Due to increased traffic of fire staff and operation services traveling to and from the area, fire managers request the public’s help in ensuring safety on backcountry roadways in the vicinity of the fire. “We’d like to ask for the public’s help in ensuring firefighter safety and request that all traffic near the area slow down and remain mindful of increased traffic on the roads en route to the Mt. Emma fire,” said Carnahan.

The fire is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team. Resources on the fire include 1 Type 4 Engine, 1 Hot Shot crew, I Type 2 Initial Attack crew, an air tanker and air attack.

The fire is burning in open Ponderosa pine, pinyon and juniper. The Cedar City Air Center and Mesquite Tanker Base are providing aerial support.

The Mt. Emma fire is burning within the footprint of the 1999 Emma Fire which burned 1,286 acres. It is also located northwest of the 2005 Tuweep fire which burned 1,866 acres.

The Wolf Hole Fire located 10 miles south of St. George, Utah near Hodgets Canyon that burned 7 acres was called out.

The 57 acre Sand Cove Fire located 30 miles southwest of St. George, Utah on the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is not actively burning and is under monitor status.

There are no road or trail closures anticipated at this time. Smoke may be visible from St. George and Kanab, Utah; Fredonia and the North and South Rims in Arizona.

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