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Firefighters are currently attending to the Kane Fire, a blaze sparked by a lightning strike in the North Kaibab Ranger District of Kaibab National Forest.

The location of the Kane Fire is around 13 miles southeast of Jacob Lake, 11 miles south of US route 89A, 5 miles east of State Route 67, and 10 miles west of Marble Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park. The fire is reportedly burning through timber, dense bushland, and pinyon-juniper.

The wildfire was first reported on Friday, August 4, and immediate containment efforts were initiated from both the air and ground. As of yesterday, Kaibab National Forest’s statement estimated that has affected approximately 4,980 acres.

Risks related to the fire include lengthy travel times for fire crews to reach the area, preservation of cultural sites, wildlife protection, and privately owned land to the east of the fire boundaries.

The fire was particularly active on Saturday, and with the weather forecast predicting hot, dry, and windy conditions, similar fire activity is anticipated in the coming days.

According to Inciweb, 80 personnel are currently assigned to manage the situation. This includes two teams, a bulldozer, a water tender, and five fire engines.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been requested for the incident. The smoke from the fire is visible across northern Arizona, including many southern regions of the Grand Canyon, and is predominantly drifting toward the northeast.

Kane Fire Incident Map

kane fire incident map aug 6 2023

Photos courtesy of B. Frisby / Kaibab National Forest

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