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Bert fire (copy)

This June 3, 2016 courtesy photo shows black smoke caused by the lightning-caused Bert fire burning heavy fuels on the Kaibab National Forest near Valle. 

The 50-acre Castle Fire on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest grew slowly but steadily Tuesday, according to a release from the U.S. Forest Service.

The wildfire was discovered July 12 and was found to be lightning-caused. The Kaibab National Forest plans to allow the fire to continue growing within a defined area in order to fulfill its natural role of reducing dense forest fuels and improving overall ecosystem health. Wildland fire crews prepared boundary roads and other potential control lines Tuesday for the fire's likely growth.

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The Castle Fire is located about 11 miles south of Jacob Lake, 3 miles west of Highway 67, and just east of Forest Road 761 near Oquer Canyon on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest. The wildfire poses no danger to structures or other local infrastructure. However, smoke is likely to become more visible over the coming days as the fire spreads within the defined planning area.

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