Boundary Fire update: Suppression repair needs assessed

June 22, 2017 - 1:26 pm
Name: Boundary Fire
 
Reported: June 1, 2017
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Containment: 42%
 
Size: 11,540 acres
 
Resources: 346 personnel
 
On Wednesday crews worked to secure control lines and patrol for hotspots along the perimeter. An assessment of suppression repair needs has begun. Suppression repair will include the construction of water bars to divert the flow of water away from fire lines during rainstorms, the felling of hazard trees, the repair of roads and trails where they were used as part of the control line and the repair of fences where they were cut to allow access to crews and equipment during suppression operations.
 
A Red Flag Warning is in effect today due to low humidity, high temperatures and strong winds. Due to the increased fire danger, the Coconino National Forest will move into Stage II fire restrictions at 8 am today.
 
The winds are expected to pick up today moving smoke around the north side of the San Francisco Peaks where it will then travel east. Smoke is expected to be most noticeable to the south of Grey Mountain and north of Timberline/Doney Park. For more information on smoke and air quality, visit www.azdeq.gov.
For more information on the Boundary Fire, visit inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5209/. Quick updates will also be provided via Twitter at @KaibabNF and @CoconinoNF. Please follow us if you would like to be updated as information is received.
 
Future updates will be issued if conditions change significantly.
 
Location: Approximately 17 miles northwest of Flagstaff, burning in the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness and ponderosa pine forest north and east of the Wilderness on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests.
 
Closures: The current closure is in still in effect for several roads around the fire perimeter. Closure Order Number 04-17-16-F, includes all or parts of Forest Roads 9005, 9023C, 91, 736, 144, 171, and 193, ending at US Highway 180. All roads and trails within the fire perimeter are closed to the public. For information about highway closures please visit azdot.gov or visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov.
 
Fire Restrictions: Kaibab National Forest Order Number 07-17-01-F (map) Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect as of June 15, 2017. Coconino National Forest Order Number 04-17-17-F Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are effective June 22, 2017.
 
Trails: The following trails remain closed: Pumpkin Trail; Kendrick Mountain Trail; Bull Basin Trail and the 4th Connector Trail.