High Meadow Fire burning on nearly 20 acres in Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

Posted at 2:39 PM, Jul 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-16 16:39:20-04

ST. GEORGE, Utah — A wildfire is burning on nearly 20 acres in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument about 55 miles southeast of St. George, and authorities said the blaze is on remote, rocky terrain.

The High Meadow Fire is lightning caused and was first observed Wednesday after reports of smoke near Mt. Trumbull and Potato Valley on Bureau of Land Management land along the Arizona Strip.

The fire is 19.5 acres in size, according to a press release from the BLM, and it is burning in open ponderosa pine, pinyon and juniper.

Rachel Carnahan, BLM Arizona Strip District Public Affairs Specialist, stated in the press release the fire is in an area that is difficult to reach.

“The terrain, much like the Mt. Emma Fire, is remote, steep and rocky–so we’re again working to balance fire fighter safety with feasible fire management tactics,” Carnahan stated.

There are no road or trail closures associated with the fire. Smoke may be visible from St. George and Kanab in Utah and Fredonia, Arizona as well as from both the North and South Rim.