Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 31, 2022

Joshua Tree Elk Fire Update 5/30/22

from Joshua Tree National Monument
Thanks to the hard work of firefighters and interagency staff, the Elk Fire is at 100% containment. The fire burned a total of 431 acres, 170 of which were in Joshua Tree National Park. Crews will continue to patrol the fire area this week to ensure no hot spots flare-up. Crews will also work on rehabilitation to ensure the burned area has the greatest chance to rebound and to limit the risk of flooding during rain events.
Though wildfire is a natural part of many ecosystems, it is not a natural part of desert ecosystems like the Mojave. Invasive plants like cheatgrass and red brome crowd the landscape, making it easy for a fire to spread quickly to larger, longer-burning plants.
Humans cause an average of 87% of wildfires annually. Many of these occur in proximity to roadways, communities, and recreational areas, posing a considerable threat to public safety.
Recreate responsibly by researching weather conditions and fire restrictions when camping or grilling on public lands. Make sure your fires are always attended while in use and are completely extinguished before you leave.
This is the final park update about the fire. Please see the San Bernardino County Fire social media pages for future updates. Park staff are grateful for the perseverance and diligence of the individuals serving on the Elk Fire. Thank you for protecting public lands and our community. #RecreateResponsibly


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