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.
As warm temperatures and dry conditions endure, the 30 acre Boulin Fire on the Williams Ranger District is actively growing and is expected to continue spreading favorably over the next few days.
Fire officials on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest are currently managing a new fire start called the Boulin Fire. The Boulin Fire, discovered on August 6, was caused by lightning and has grown to approximately 10 acres. It is located near the junction of forest roads 141 and 713 approximately 9 miles north of Interstate 40 at the northwest corner of Spring Valley.
Burnout operations began August 1 along Forest Roads 609 and 416 in an east direction towards Forest Road 486.
The temporary Closure Order for the area remains in effect. A map of the closed area along with the full Closure Order is available on the Tonto’s website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices/?aid=48015.
Bears Fire Overview:
Name Fire: Bears Fire
Immediate Release. Strong southwest winds pushed fire within the planning area further to the north and to the east of Kendrick Mountain. The Highway 180 closure between mile marker 236 and 248 remains in effect due to the continued anticipation of smoke impairing visibility. The growing fire organization has implemented alternating shifts allowing for longer staffing on the fire line.
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.
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.
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.