Fire Crews Battle Quail Fire at Joshua Tree National Park

posted Aug 13, 2012, 12:45 PM by JTCA Contact   [ updated Aug 13, 2012, 12:46 PM ]

Lightning from summer thunderstorms ignited a wildfire on Sunday afternoon at Joshua Tree National Park. The Quail Fire is located approximately 3.5 miles northwest of the Keys View Scenic Overlook within Joshua Tree National Park. Fire crews mobilized quickly to fight the blaze which is burning at a moderate pace through rocky hillsides covered with pinyon pine, junipers, and Joshua trees. As of 6:30 p.m., the fire had burned an estimated 125-150 acres. Park officials have closed the Keys View Road, a one-way scenic drive, between Cap Rock and the Keys View Overlook to allow the area to be used for firefighting personnel and equipment.

Resources tasked to the fire on Sunday evening include three air tankers and one helicopter to provide air support. Ten fire engines, one water tender, and two hand crews have also been assigned to the fire. More than 100 firefighters are working the Quail Fire this evening. Aaron Kendall of the National Park Service is the Incident Commander. A partial list of agencies supporting the fire includes firefighters from the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and Cal Fire.

Apart from the Keys View Road, all park roads and visitor facilities are open for normal summer use. Current weather conditions are hot with occasional local thunderstorm activity. Visitors should be alert to flash flood activity in desert washes and low-lying areas. The public is urged to follow all signs and safety directions from park rangers and other emergency personnel.

For further updates on the Quail Fire, please visit the park’s website at: http://www.nps.gov/jotr. Additional press updates will be issued throughout the duration of the fire.

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