Scott Fire outside Tusayan to be suppressed

Two lightning caused fires are being monitored in the Tusayan/Grand Canyon ares. Smoke is visible from Tusayan, Grand Canyon, Cameron, Valle and Highways 64 and 180. Photo/Kaibab National Forest, USFS

Two lightning caused fires are being monitored in the Tusayan/Grand Canyon ares. Smoke is visible from Tusayan, Grand Canyon, Cameron, Valle and Highways 64 and 180. Photo/Kaibab National Forest, USFS

Tusayan, Ariz. - Because of changing weather conditions in the forest causing higher risks and exposure to firefighters, fire officials decided to suppression the wildfires being managed on the Tusayan Ranger district on the Kaibab National Forest.

The Scott Fire experienced much higher winds over the last two days which caused a growth and brought the total burned area to 1,730 acres. Officials continue to observe positive effects that correlate with land management objectives however strategies have been changed to ensure the protection of fire personnel and the public.

"With warmer temperatures and higher winds predicted over the next several days, we have decided that suppression is the best course of action at this time" said Christina Pearson, Tusayan district ranger. "Firefighter and public safety is our number one objective and we will only engage this fire when there is a high probability of success without putting people at risk."

The Airstrip Fire has reached the perimeters within the planning area that were pre-set to stop forward progression. The fire is no longer expected to grow. Fire crews successfully completed final ignitions along the south east boundary of the fire July 7 and have started mopping and patrolling to hold containment lines. Around 679 acres were burned and managers are pleased with the results which met the desired objectives that were identified for this fire.

Smoke will continue to be visible, volume is expected to decrease dramatically over the next few days as the fire settles.

Both fires will continue to produce some visible smoke that will be seen from the communities of Tusayan, Valle, Cameron, Tuba City and both rims of the Grand Canyon. Smoke is expected to decline significantly from the Airstrip Fire but will remain more noticeable from the Scott Fire over the next few days.

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