Type II Incident Management Team Takes Command of the Boundary Fire

June 17, 2017 - 10:29 am

Jeff Andrews’ Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team has been briefed and taken command of the Boundary Fire as of 6:00 am today. Yesterday, crews successfully held containment lines while the fire slowly progressed to the west while consuming forest litter and heavy dead and down fuel, helping to restore the forest to a more healthy and resilient state.

Air quality monitors have been placed in the City of Flagstaff and additional smoke monitors will be placed in areas such as Cameron where there are possible anticipated smoke impacts. A Red Flag Warning for high winds and low relative humidity is forecasted throughout the weekend. (Air quality report)

For more information, including smoke forecasts for Boundary Fire, please visit the Boundary Fire inciweb site 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.

Reported: June 1

Cause: Lightning

Location: About 17 miles northwest of Flagstaff burning in the Kendrick MountainWilderness on the Coconino and Kaibab national forests; latitude 35̊ 25’54.9” longitude 111̊49’ 53.0”

Size: 3,800 acres

Fuels: The wildfire is burning in heavy dead and down trees and forest debris left from the Pumpkin Fire of 2000.

Resources: Approximately 200 personnel on the fire

Expected Actions: Fire suppression activities for today include, ongoing improvement of containment lines in preparation for the strong winds forecasted over the next several days. Indirect suppression tactics and safety precautions continue to shape operational plans.

Closures: Closure Order Number 04-17-13-F surrounding the Boundary Fire Planning Area is still in effect. The closure of Highway 180 will be reassessed in conjunction with ADOT. For information about highway closures please visit https://azdot.gov/. or visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov.

Trails: The following trails in the closure area are closed: Pumpkin Trail; Kendrick Mountain Trail; Bull Basin Trail and the 4th Connector Trail.

Smoke Impacts: Smoke will be visible fromFlagstaff, Baderville, Parks, Williams, Interstate 40, and the Grand Canyon. Smoke is predicted to impact the communities of Cameron and Tuba City during the day, and Spring Valley, Pumpkin Center, Parks and Baderville during the evening hours. An air quality report is available on the Boundary Inciweb page under maps.

Additional information sources, including maps, will be provided as soon as they are available.