Kaibab National Forest

The Pine Hollow wildfire received significant moisture yesterday, and as a result rain showers moderated fire behavior on the lightning-caused fire resulting in no growth in the last 24 hours. However, as the weekend approaches a drying trend is forecasted for the Kaibab Plateau, and with that trend fire managers anticipate smoke sightings to increase.

Fire personnel also responded to three new lightning-caused fires within the last 48 hours. There has been a total of 10 new lightning-caused starts on the North Zone within the last two weeks.

Scattered monsoonal shower activity was widespread over the Kaibab Plateau this weekend, yet almost no monsoonal activity occurred over the lightning-caused Pine Hollow wildfire. As a result, fire activity remained moderate and continued to slowly move north throughout the weekend.

Crews completed blacklining operations around the Little Mountain Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA) garden on Saturday, which is a strategy used in wildland firefighting to help protect a sensitive resource.

Within the past week, North Zone fire personnel consisting of firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service have responded jointly to multiple lightning-caused wildfires located on both the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and adjacent North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.

Lightning-caused wildfires are a common occurrence during the monsoon season (typically late-June through late-July). Of the five fires sparked by monsoonal storms this week, two are being suppressed and three are being monitored. 

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.

Name: Boundary Fire

Reported: June 1, 2017

Cause: Lightning

Containment: 80%

After heavy smoke in Flagstaff on Friday, the area got

Size: 14,854 acres Resources: 332 personnel Containment increases, Flagstaff gets a break from heavy smoke

a reprieve early today. The air this morning was cleaner than expected in the most-populated areas of the region.

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