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On April 23rd, 2018 at approximately 2:00pm, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation warnings for the Woodland Ranch area near Valle Arizona due to a quick spreading wild fire. As of 7:30 pm, the Evacuation for the Indian Meadow Fire/Lateral Fire will be lifted by the Coconino County Sheriff's Office .

All residents will be allowed back into their homes.

On April 23rd, 2018 at approximately 2:00 p.m.,  the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office issued Evacuation warnings for the Woodland Ranch Area near Valle Arizona due to a wild fire. 

Coconino County Sheriff Deputies responded to  the Woodlands Ranch rd area in response to a wild land fire call.  A Code Red evacuation warning has been issued for a 1 mile radius of the Woodland Ranch Road area and a pre evacuation for an extended area 5 miles beyond that . At this time reports of structure loss have been reported.   

Fire managers on the south zone of the Kaibab National Forest will resume implementation on the Sunflower prescribed fire project beginning Saturday of this week. With red flag conditions subsiding and a measure of moisture in the immediate forecast, favorable weather conditions have presented an opportunity to continue with treatments in this specific area.

Fire managers for the South Zone of the Kaibab National Forest plan to treat up to 320 acres with prescribed fire tomorrow in the Sunflower Project area on the Williams Ranger District.

Specifically, fire managers plan to ignite the 320 acres in an area just south of Forest Road 139 and east of Hyde Hill about 8 miles southeast of the City of Williams. Ignitions should be complete by early afternoon, and fire managers do not anticipate conducting any other prescribed fires on the Williams Ranger District this week.

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.

Jeff Andrews’ Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team has been briefed and taken command of the Boundary Fire as of 6:00 am today. Yesterday, crews successfully held containment lines while the fire slowly progressed to the west while consuming forest litter and heavy dead and down fuel, helping to restore the forest to a more healthy and resilient state.

Firefighters today will begin ignition operations near the top of Kendrick Mountain. The plan is to reduce fuels adjacent to a lookout tower and a cabin that dates to the early 20th century. The action is part of an indirect-attack strategy that provides for firefighter safety and minimizes impacts to resources. Steep slopes with heavy dead and down trees and forest debris make the indirect strategy the most practical. It is also effective in minimizing the impacts to the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. Firefighter and public safety remain the highest priority.
 

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