Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Mon, May 17

Mangum Fire on North Kaibab Plateau 63 percent contained

NORTH KAIBAB PLATEAU – As predicted, strong wind gusts tested fire lines June 29 constructed over the last three weeks on the Mangum Fire.

The Mangum Fire has burned 71,450 acres and is 63 percent contained as of June 30.

By late afternoon, some internal smoke was detected along with some isolated smoke near containment lines that was quickly suppressed. Another round of red flag conditions occurred June 29 as part of a passing front.

Firefighters continue conducting suppression repairs and securing the fire’s edge while positioned to respond to another round of red flag conditions. Two residences along House Rock remain in “Ready” status.

On June 30, Gila Las Cruces Zone incident management team, led by Incident Commandeer Pedro Valenzuela, assumed command from Incident Commander Dave Gesser’s type 2 team. Adequate resources will remain with the fire to complete suppression repair and continue to manage its security.

Gesser said he would like to extend the team’s sincere thank you to the communities of Fredonia, Arizona and Kanab, Utah for allowing fire teams to serve their communities.

“It has been our pleasure to work with you,” he said.


Forest Road 22 is closed between the junction of the 422 road and 429 roads. Highways 67 and 89A are now open to public travel.

The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park opened June 30 following the reopening of Highway 89A and State Route 67.


Kaibab National Forest has implemented Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.

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