Calm Winds Allow Continued Air Operations

Release Date: Jun 15, 2017  

Contact(s): (928) 288-2577


On Wednesday firefighters used aerial ignitions atop Kendrick Mountain to keep the fire within the planning area. As firing operations continue over the next several days, smoke may impact the communities of Kendrick Park, Flagstaff, Cameron, Tuba City and Fort Valley. The community meeting being held in Flagstaff today will address smoke impacts to east Flagstaff and answer questions regarding the Boundary fire. Crews will continue to improve and secure lines in preparation for fire backing down the slopes. Fire personnel aim to minimize loss of healthy, large ponderosa pine and conifer trees, while reducing residual debris left on the ground from the Pumpkin Fire of 2000. The low-intensity burn will help to set the ecosystem on a path in which fire can play its natural role. Surrounding communities benefit from a healthy forest landscape.

Stage 1 fire restrictions go into effect on the Kaibab and Coconino national forests today. Stage 1 restrictions prohibit fires except within a developed recreation area. Smoking is prohibited except in a vehicle, building or developed campground.

For more information on the Boundary Fire, visit inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5209/. Quick updates will also be provided via Twitter at @KaibabNF and @CoconinoNF.  

Boundary Fire Location: About 17 miles northwest of Flagstaff, burning in the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness and ponderosa pine forest north and east of the Wilderness on the Coconino and Kaibab national forests

Closures: Closure Order Number 04-17-13-F (map) affecting the Boundary Fire Planning Area is still in effect. US Highway 180 will remain closed until further notice. For information about highway closures please visit azdot.gov or visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov.

Fire Restrictions: Kaibab National Forest Order Number 07-17-01-F (map) and Coconino National Forest Order Number 04-17-15-F. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in effect as of Thursday, 06/15/2017 at 8:00am MST.

Trails: The following trails in the closure area are closed: Pumpkin Trail; Kendrick Mountain Trail; Bull Basin Trail and the 4th Connector Trail.

Calm Winds Allow Continued Air Operations - news release issued June 15, 2017