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Boulin Fire

Unit Information

Kaibab National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
800 S. 6th St.
Williams, AZ 86046

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Incident Contact

Bob Blasi
Phone: 928-635-5653

Highlighted Activity

08/22/2019 Forest Restoration Objectives Accomplished / Boulin Fire Update: 08/22/2019
Williams, Ariz., August 22, 2019—For Immediate Release. The lightning caused Boulin Fire on the Kaibab National Forest presented another beneficial opportunity to allow natural fire on the...
News - 08/22/2019
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The Boulin Fire, discovered on August 6, was caused by lightning and has grown to approximately 4039 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. It is currently 60% contained.

Managers used multiple strategies to contain this fire within a defined planning area of approximately 4200 acres. Fire was allowed to move towards designated roads that serve as safe and effective control features.

The Boulin fire has reached its maximumgrowth potential at 4039 acres. Crews willbegin working the affected areas by seeking out and mitigating any dangers that may exist to ensure public safety. The work will include dropping fire weakened snags near roadways and dispersed campsites, mopping up hot stump holes, and preparing for any soil erosion or run off that may occur.

A "Burn Area Risk Assessment" will be forthcoming to evaluate the potential needs for rehabilitation and to identify any other existing hazards.

The Boulin Fire is now 60% contained and has reached full potential for spread.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginMonday August 05th, 2019 approx. 06:00 PM
Location9 miles north of Parks near Spring Valley.
Incident CommanderNick Behrends ICT4 Tyler Richwine ICT4T
Coordinates35.393 latitude, -112.011 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel20
Size4,309 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained60%
Fuels Involved

Ponderosa Pine, Grasses

Significant Events

Ideal fire effects have been observed across much of the planning area. Fuels reduction occurred with heavy fuel loads being consumed off the surfaces, as well as ladder fuels being reduced off the lower portions of healthy tree stands. There was no damage to private property, heritage sites or range improvements, and the return of nutrients into the soils should enhance wildlife habitat considerably.

Outlook

Planned Actions

The Boulin fire has reached its maximum growth potential at 4039 acres. Crews will begin working the affected areas by seeking out and mitigating any dangers that may exist to ensure public safety. The work will include dropping fire weakened snags near roadways and dispersed campsites, mopping up hot stump holes, and preparing for any soil erosion or run off that may occur.

A "Burn Area Risk Assessment" will be forthcoming to evaluate the potential needs for rehabilitation and to identify any other existing hazards.

Graders and large water trucks will be present. Motorists are reminded to use caution and drive with heightened awareness when passing through active fire areas.

Remarks

A significant reduction in smoke will occur daily now as the Boulin fire has reached its maximum size with no further growth anticipated. Some smoke may linger as fuels within the interior continue to consume however ventilation will be rapid throughout the day with much lighter impacts overnight.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Smoke is expected to be decreasing daily with improved ventilation during the day with much lighter impacts overnight.