Jumpup Fire on Kaibab Plateau grows to 500 acres

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Fire crews were working Tuesday morning to control a new lightning-caused wildfire on the Kaibab Plateau.

The Jumpup Fire began Monday on the west side of the plateau and had grown to about 500 acres Tuesday, according to an official with the Kaibab National Forest.

The fire is just north of Jumpup Divide and south of the area where the East Fire burned last week, Public Affairs Officer Jackie Banks said.

Some rain fell on the fire Monday night to help suppression efforts that include four engines, one helicopter, a bulldozer and other firefighting personnel. Additional resources had been requested, Banks said.

While no structures were immediately threatened, smoke was visible from the town of Fredonia, Highway 89A and Highway 67, Banks said.

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