The West Side Complex is a group of eight wildfires started by lightning around noon on Saturday, July 21. The fires are all located in pinyon-juniper and cheatgrass fuel types west of Jump Up Divide on the Kaibab Plateau, on the north side of Grand Canyon.
The Kaibab National Forest is managing the entire complex for suppression. Multiple air and ground resources are currently on scene with more resources on order and en route.
The largest of the fires is 1,100 acres, located within a mile of Kanab Creek Wilderness, near Little Spring Canyon. The next largest fires are 200 acres, 100 acres, and 15 acres, respectively.
Four of the fires are less than a quarter-acre each.
|Date of Origin||Saturday July 21st, 2012 approx. 12:00 PM|
|Location||West side of Kaibab Plateau|
pinyon-juniper woodlands, cheatgrass, dead and down woody debris
creeping and smoldering with some active runs in cheatgrass
Significant rainfall during the night of Monday, July 23, has curtailed most fire activity. Personnel continue to monitor and patrol the fire perimeters as weather and terrain allows. Fire managers expect to begin demobilizing resources sometime this week.
All fires are being managed under a suppression strategy. This includes aerial attack with water drops, putting in line on the ground and conducting burn out operations.
Most fire activity has ceased. The Tank Fire continues to burn actively in spots, but there is little danger of growth beyond containment lines. District staff continue to monitor fire. BAER assessment will begin shortly to consider post-fire impacts to soils, roads, and trails, and any emergency stabilization efforts.