#Arizona Fires: Mt Emma – Near St George, UT – June 26, 2015

Mt. Emma Fire started on June 24, 2015, at around 1640 Hours.

The lightning caused fire was spotted initially on Wednesday, June 24th by personnel at the Black Rock Lookout, which was approximately 194 acres.  It located 75 miles SE of St. George, Utah.

FireImages by BLM / Alan Syphus

Mt. Emma now approx. 2,043 acresBy Thursday, it began burning a portion of the Grand Canyon, prompting BLM [Arizona Strip District] fire personnel to respond.  Fire tactics have included deploying direct and indirect suppression.

Mt. Emma burns in rugged, remote terrain making suppression efforts difficult

The Mt. Emma Fire is in the same vicinity as the 1999 Emma Fire which scorched 1286 acres and 2005 Tuweep Fire burning 1866 acres.

Aerial View of Mt Emma – Courtesy @inciweb

Mt Emma Fire aerial

During this incident, The Wolf Hole fire just located 10 miles South of St. George which was stopped at 7 acres.  The Sand Cove Fire located 30 miles SW, also of St. George was active but no longer and is being monitored.

Altogether, the total acres burned is 2,043.

Fire Image – Courtesy of Inciweb

Mt Emma Fire aerial

Resources on involved on this incident in the beginning/or currently:

1 Hotshot Crew, 1 Type 2 Initial attack and 7 Great Basin smokejumpers.  1 Type 3 helo and 1 Type 6 engine.

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