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 75% 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.
Date of Origin:
Monday August 05th, 2019 approx. 06:00 PM
9 miles north of Parks near Spring Valley.
Tyler Richwine ICT4
Ponderosa Pine, Grasses
The 4039 acre Boulin Fire on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest has exhibited no additional growth and is not expected to increase in size. This lightning caused fire was very successful in meeting the overall intent to reintroduce fire back into the ponderosa pine landscape for the purpose of restoring forest health, and ensuring long term sustainability.
Firefighters will remain on scene for several more days as the burn area cools to ensure containment lines hold and to mitigate any hazards that may still exist.
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.
With public and firefighter safety being the number one objective, Incident Commander Tyler Richwine was pleased to report there were no accidents or injuries, and there were no losses or damage to any resources or private property throughout the duration of this 18 day incident.
Some smoke may linger as fuels within the interior continue to consume however good ventilation will occur throughout the day with very little residual impacts to the surrounding area.