US 180 Reopens as Firefighters Continue to Make Progress on Boundary Fire

June 21, 2017 - 2:56 pm

Name: Boundary Fire

Reported: June 1, 2017

Cause: Lightning

Containment: 35%

Size: 10,465 acres

Resources: 363 personnel

The Arizona Department of Transportation reopened US 180 north of Flagstaff on Tuesday. The highway had been closed due to smoke impacts from the Boundary Fire. A reduced speed limit will be in place in the area as firefighting operations continue. ADOT personnel will continue to monitor visibility conditions along the highway.

Tuesday afternoon brought temperatures in the low 90s, the warmest seen so far on the fire. Even warmer temperatures are expected today. Crews continue to make progress as the fire backs downhill toward containment lines. Containment on the Boundary Fire is now up to 35%.

Burning overnight caused increased smoke to settle in Flagstaff and Bellemont. Smoke may continue to impact the communities of Flagstaff, Baderville, Parks, Williams, and Bellemont in the morning with conditions improving later in the day. 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.

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) and Coconino National Forest Order Number 04-17-15-F. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect as of June 15, 2017.

Trails: The following trails remain closed: Pumpkin Trail; Kendrick Mountain Trail; Bull Basin Trail and the 4th Connector Trail.

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