A wildfire is currently burning in Bryce Canyon National Park. The Promontory Fire is located approximately one mile southeast of Rainbow Point. It ignited by lightning from a passing storm on the afternoon of July 20. The fire is currently approximately 0.25 acre and is being managed by Bryce Canyon National Park fire resources under a suppression strategy. Smoke from the fire is visible from Rainbow Point. The fire poses no threat to visitors and all roads and trails remain open.
The Promontory Fire is burning in mixed conifer forest. Due to recent rains, the fire behavior has been creeping and smoldering in the forest understory. Under current fuel and weather conditions the fire is not expected to grow. Resources on scene are containing the fire, constructing line where necessary around the fire to limit its spread to approximately 0.50 acre. Resources will monitor the contained fire until it burns itself out, which is expected in the next three to four days. Smoke will continue to be visible but should be minimal.
For further information, contact NPS Fire Management Officer Taiga Rohrer at (435)772-7842.