Springs Fire grows, management continues; trail closure

Image combines two photos: In the foreground, a firefighter does prep work for managed fire, in the background is a low intensity managed fire, Kaibab National Forest, Williams Ranger District, Arizona, on July 19 and 18, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Kaibab National Forest re Springs Fire, St. George News

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Springs Fire, a lightning-caused wildfire that started July 2 on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest, is growing slowly due to increasing monsoonal activity in the area. Fire managers anticipate minimal growth and smoke production over the next couple of days. The fire was 2,664 acres Friday.

Springs Fire, Williams Ranger District of Kaibab National Forest, Arizona, Aug. 1, 2015 | Map courtesy of U.S. Forest Service, St. George News
Springs Fire, Williams Ranger District of Kaibab National Forest, Arizona, Aug. 1, 2015 | Map courtesy of U.S. Forest Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

Firefighters continued work Friday in preparation for the wildfire’s anticipated growth including lining archaeological sites, private property, aspen fences and any other potentially fire-sensitive resources near the fire area. Preparation will include reinforcing established perimeter roads so that the wildfire will not spread beyond them.

This important work ensures that when the Springs Fire becomes active again, which it likely will when conditions are drier, managers will be able to allow it to take its natural course without the risk of negative impacts on other values in the area.

Smoke production is expected to be light through the weekend given higher relative humidity levels, cloud cover and rain in the forecast. Light smoke may be noticeable near the wildfire along County Road 73, also known as the South Road, and Forest Roads 354, 110, 147 and 57A.

Summit Mountain Trail No. 68 is temporarily closed due to fire activity. Use of the trail is prohibited until the closure order has been lifted. There are no other closures associated with the Springs Fire, but campers and motorists near the wildfire are advised to use caution due to firefighting equipment and personnel in the area.

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