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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

08/21/2019 Historic Sites Protected / Boulin Fire Update: 08/21/2019
Williams, Ariz., August 21, 2019—For Immediate Release. Among the many benefits of allowing fire to move naturally on the landscape, the protection of cultural and historic sites remains one of...
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The Boulin Fire, discovered on August 6, was caused by lightning and has grown to approximately 3784 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 50% contained.

Managers will use multiple strategies that will ultimately contain this fire within a defined planning area of approximately 4200 acres. Fire will be allowed to move towards designated roads that serve as safe and effective control features. Fire activity may fluctuate periodically as daily weather conditions influence fire behavior and spread.
Operations have been successful in meeting multiple objectives and all containment lines are holding with no control problems occurring.

Fire behavior continues to burn with a low to moderate intensity backing through grasses and ponderosa pine litter consuming dead and down fuels. Crews periodically ignite the edges of the containment lines to stay aligned with the fires natural progression.
The Fire has been expanding an average of about 400 acres per day. Managers are expecting the fire to reach its full potential for growth set at 4200 acres by then end of this week.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
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 Personnel50
Size3,784 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained50%
Fuels Involved

Ponderosa Pine, Grasses

Significant Events

The Boulin Fire is now 50% contained and nearing completion. Managers are expecting the fire to reach its full potential for growth at 4200 acres within the next two operational periods.


Planned Actions

The Fire is expected to move through the remaining acres of the planning area and reach full containment by the end of this week. Road maintenance will be ongoing on several roads at the fire location. Increased traffic activity will be noticeable in the vicinity. 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.


Smoke will continue to be visible from communities surrounding this incident however a rapid decrease in production and volume can now be expected as the fire reaches its full potential with no further growth anticipated.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Fire activity on the Boulin Fire continues to be driven by the lack of monsoonal moisture and consistent warm dry conditions.