For additional information, please call the Castle Fire Information Center at (928) 643-8158 or (928) 643-8152.
Aerial reconnaissance and transition of the Castle Fire
FREDONIA, Ariz., August 14, 2019— Aerial reconnaissance of the Castle Fire, late yesterday, 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, along with debris from previous fires.
On Thursday, the Type 3 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.
Fire Managers will start releasing firefighting personnel and resources no longer needed. Assessment and removal of hazard trees, rehab and cleanup work will also resume today.
The weather forecast calls for mostly clear skies and no precipitation and is expected to continue until Thursday. Smoke will be visible as fire behavior increases during the peak burning period which is mid-day to late afternoon.
Soon after the Castle Fire started on July 12th, fire managers pre-identified the 19,632-acre planning area where the lightning-caused wildfire would be allowed to fulfill its natural role within a fire-dependent ecosystem. Better mapping of the pre-identified planning area has indicated a decrease in acreage from 19,632 to 19,368. The fire has burned through 96% of the planning area, burning through a significant amount of dead and down trees and some mixed conifer species. By allowing the wildfire to naturally burn through this area, the ecosystem will become healthier and more resilient.
A Closure Order remains in effect for the Castle Fire area: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6439/
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Current Resources: One crew, four engines, a helicopter, a dozer, two masticators, one skidder, and miscellaneous fire management personnel. Total personnel: approximately 86.
Kaibab National Forest information is available through the following sources:
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Castle Fire Inciweb Page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6439/
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Kaibab National Forest Website: www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Twitter: www.twitter.com/KaibabNF
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Facebook: www.facebook.com/KaibabNF
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Flickr: http://bit.ly/CastleFire2019
Castle Fire news release 8-14-19.pdf
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Castle Fire MAP-sm 8-14-19.pdf
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