PHOENIX, Arizona – Firefighters are battling a wildfire that has torched more than 36,000 acres in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.
The fire, named the Basin Fie, is burning in a “critical tortoise habitat,” according to the Bureau of Land Management Arizona. The Mohave desert tortoise is listed as a threatened species in the Arizona Strip District, according to the BLM.
The fire is burning 25 miles southeast of Mesquite, Nevada.
The fire, which gained momentum early Sunday afternoon was sparked by lightning from a thunderstorm passing through the area, according to the bureau.
It was 36,488 acres and 5% contained as of Monday night, according to the BLM. About 145 people were working to fight the fire.
ASD – #BasinFire Update: 36,488 acres, 5% contained. Firefighters made good progress today. Firefighters are planning for another very windy day with gusts up to 30mph tomorrow. Approx 145 personnel working the incident. #AZFire https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6705/
The fire is not threatening any structures. “Red flag conditions” due to high winds and low humidity are expected in the area, according to the BLM in a report carried by azcentral.com.
Fire engines along with air support resources are working on the fire.
The fire is burning in the BLM’s Arizona Strip District. The area is “among the most remote and rugged public land in the lower 48 states,” said the BLM.
If fire crews encounter a desert tortoise, they try to move it out of the way, BLM spokeswoman Dolores Garcia said.
Source: Big News Network