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Government Fire

Unit Information

Kaibab National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Williams, AZ 86046

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Fire crews on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest are responding to a new lightning caused fire start called the “Government Fire”. The Government Fire was discovered August 4, and has grown to approximately 6 acres in size. It is located on the southwest slope Government Hill just south of Spring Valley and north of Parks near the Sanderson Pass area.

The Government Fire is burning in a mixed conifer and ponderosa pine fuel type. Recent moisture from monsoonal rains has dampened the environment considerably, however the fire is expanding moderately burning through available dead and down fuels near the top of the hill. Officials will continue to monitor this incident as wet weather is forecasted over the next few days. Fire behavior is expected to be minimal as precipitation moves into the vicinity.

Fire officials have carefully considered their options and have elected to actively work toward containment of the Government Fire. Smoke impacts to rural communities have been consistent throughout the summer months and with the fall schedule for prescribed burning still ahead, the decision to limit smoke exposure to both the public and firefighters was made.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 04th, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM
LocationSouth of Spring Valley, North of Parks AZ
Incident CommanderNick Desoto ICT5 Caleb Hartsell ICT5-T
Incident DescriptionLightning Caused Wildfire
Coordinates35.329 latitude, -111.963 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel10
Size6 Acres
Fuels Involved

Mixed conifer / ponderosa pine


Planned Actions

Crews will begin constructing hand lines working towards containment.


Officials have implemented a containment strategy to minimize smoke impacts to personnel and the public.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Precipitation Forecasted