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.
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.
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.
The lightning caused Boundary Fire continued to be moderately active on Kendrick Mountain yesterday. The total burned area is now estimated at 550 acres and is currently burning on the Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest. Interagency biologists are working alongside suppression personnel in the planning and implementation of protection strategies to minimize any adverse effects to critical species during suppression of the fire.
While the fire activity picked up on the mid-slope of Kendrick Mountain, fire managers spent yesterday preparing firelines for future ignition operations that are designed to provide resource benefits to the forest. The 450-acre Boundary Fire is currently burning on the Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest but is expected to move onto the Kaibab National Forest side of the boundary line within the next several days.
A Type III Incident Management Team led by Incident Commander True Brown assumed command of the Boundary Fire at 6 a.m. this morning. The 380-acre Boundary Fire is currently burning on the Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest but is expected to move onto the Kaibab National Forest side of the boundary line within the next several days.
Fire managers with the Kaibab National Forest plan to conduct a series of prescribed burns starting tomorrow and continuing through Monday near Kendrick Mountain on the Williams Ranger District in order to reduce hazardous fuels and increase ecosystem health and forest resiliency.
Fire managers with the Kaibab National Forest (NF) plan to conduct a prescribed burn tomorrow near Kendrick Mountain on the Williams Ranger District—if weather conditions are appropriate—in order to reduce hazardous fuels, and increase ecosystem health and forest resiliency.