Kaibab National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
800 S 6th St
Williams, AZ 86046
Fredonia, Ariz., Aug. 10, 2017 — For Immediate Release. Operations continued to show positive results today on the lightning-caused Pine Hollow wildfire. Smoke began to increase significantly yesterday as firefighters conducted ground firing operations along ridgetops south of Forest Road (FR) 3609. Today crews completed aerial ignitions along additional ridgelines within the south-southwest portion of the 10,295-acre planning area boundary. The aerial firing operations helped crews safely even up the fire’s interior edge and bring fire back around to the west side of FR22.
There are several tactical reasons why fire managers designate such a large planning area boundary on a wildfire. “The boundary for the Pine Hollow fire is large, and the main reason for this is so crews can use existing roads and trails so that we limit ground disturbance,” said North Zone Fire Management Officer Ed Hiatt.
When fire managers are determining boundaries, Hiatt explained that they are also looking for areas with the highest possibility of success. “That success being that we are able to safely hold fire within the area using features like roads, trails, areas with little or no fuels or areas with recent burn history. A large planning area provides us with the decision space to adjust plans, to safely work along boundaries and perform actions on our terms instead of being reactive.”