Kaibab National Forest

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.

The Boundary fire is approximately 7,367 acres and is estimated at 18 percent contained.   Overnight light north winds pushed smoke into some communities around Flagstaff with most of the smoke dispersing before dawn. As Sunday progresses, northeast winds are expected to push smoke toward Williams and Bellemont. Individuals sensitive to smoke may want to stay indoors to avoid smoke impacts. Firefighter, public safety, and ecosystem health remain the top priorities for fire managers while keeping the fire within the planning area.

The Flagstaff Area National Monuments – Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon, Wupatki – will join the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests in moving to Stage I fire restrictions starting on Thursday, June 15, 2017.
 
Stage I fire restrictions within the Flagstaff National Monuments prohibits the following:
 
1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or stove fire, in the monuments.
 
A community meeting focusing on smoke will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Summit Fire and Medical Station, 6050 E. Firehouse Lane, Flagstaff.
 
Helicopter aerial ignition operations continue today near the Kendrick Mountain peak. The operations, in which incendiary devices are dropped from a helicopter to reduce dead and down fuels, began near the peak on Tuesday. The plan is to continue to use aerial ignition to bring fire slowly down the mountain. The tactics benefit the ecological conditions in the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness while minimizing impacts.

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