Increased Smoke Production Expected On The Boundary Fire

Williams, Ariz., June 16, 2017—For Immediate Release. Yesterday, aerial ignitions in conjunction with helicopters dropping water to moderate fire intensity around the historic cabin and Kendrick lookout tower. Hand ignitions are planned around private property in the coming days once fire has reached a predetermined location in efforts to protect property and values at risk. Fire will continue to work its way through timber stands consuming dead and down fuels along the forest floor minimizing impacts to tree canopies. Increased smoke production may occur over the next few days and poor ventilation predicted in the forecast may result in lingering smoke around the communities of Flagstaff, Kendrick Park, Whitehorse Hills, Timberline, Bellemont, Baderville, Cameron, and Tuba City. Firefighter and public safety and ecosystem health remain the top priority for fire managers while keeping the fire within the planning area.

Name:       Boundary Fire Reported:      June 1, 2017 Cause:      Lightning
Containment:       15% Size:        6,278 acres Resources:     395 personnel

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Location: Approximately 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: A new closure is in effect, closing additional roads around the fire perimeter.  Closure Order Number 04-17-14-F, includes all or parts of Forest Roads 9005, 9023C, 91, 736, 144, 171, and 193, ending at US Highway 180. All roads and trails within the perimeter of the closure area are closed to the public. US Highway 180 will remain closed until further notice. For information about highway closures please visit or visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at

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 are 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.