Unstable conditions caused by heavy rains following the Boundary Fire, which was active through much of June, have necessitated continuing the closure of the burned area on and around Kendrick Mountain on both the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests in order to ensure public safety.
Coconino National Forest
Due to significant widespread rain and decreasing fire danger, the entire Coconino and Kaibab National Forests in northern Arizona will begin lifting all campfire and smoking restrictions. The Kaibab National Forest will rescind restrictions today at 12 p.m. (Monday, July 17) and the Coconino National Forest will follow tomorrow morning (Tuesday July 18) at 8 a.m.
With the recent increase in moisture, cooler temperatures and decreasing fire danger, the entire Coconino National Forest will move back to Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. on Thursday (July 13).
The closure area surrounding the Boundary Fire on the Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest and the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest has been reduced in size due to significantly decreased fire activity.
Smoke from the Goodwin Fire on the Prescott National Forest is moving through Flagstaff and other northern Arizona areas.
The Goodwin Fire grew to 20,644 acres today. It responded to critical weather and fuel conditions yesterday, and despite exemplary work on the ground continues to burn and expand.
The smoke from the fire is being pushed by southwest Red Flag condition winds, furthering the difficulty in suppressing this fire.
For the safety of residents evacuations and pre-evacuations have been ordered.
Evacuations have been ordered for:
Coconino National Forest firefighters responded to a human-caused wildfire southwest of Fort Tuthill near its archery range around 4 p.m. today, which is producing thick smoke and the smoke is visible to those in the Flagstaff area, travelers near the junction of Interstate 40 and I-17.
Firefighters responded to the Power Fire with several engines, patrols, a hotshot crew, a water tender, an initial attack aircraft and helicopter being dispatched to a fire burning in about a 1.5 acres of forest land.
Coconino National Forest firefighters responded to the Trail Fire started near Fisher Point yesterday, June 23, at approximately 11 a.m.
The response included several engines, patrols and the Black Mesa hotshot crew which is prepositioned on the Coconino National Forest.
Due to warmer weather conditions, fire danger, an increase of abandoned campfires, and for public safety, Coconino National Forest officials will implement additional fire restrictions beginning Thursday (June 22) at 8 a.m.