The Boulin Fire on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest has grown to 756 acres benefiting forest health, reducing hazardous fuels, and improving protection of the communities within the urban interface.
Fire activity increased on the Boundary Fire yesterday afternoon due to strong, gusty and erratic winds. The fire grew beyond the initial northern containment line toward a section of Highway 180. However, the fire remained within the overall planning area and fire activity reduced significantly when it reached a previous prescribed burn unit – the Horseshoe Prescribed Fire, which was conducted in October 2016. Fire crews were able to halt the progress to the north and will continue to strengthen containment lines today.
Increased winds ahead of a cold front caused the Boundary Fire to spread northeast off of Kendrick Mountain towards Highway 180. The fire is still within the planning area for the Boundary Fire and is expected to remain west of Highway 180. Firefighters are implementing containment plans to slow fire spread. Highway 180 will be closed between mileposts 236 and 248 by 5 p.m.