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High Winds Slow Containment Of Boundary Fire In N. Arizona

Boundary Fire
(Photo courtesy of inciweb.nwcg.gov)
The Boundary Fire.

With a red-flag warning in effect for all of Arizona, the Boundary Fire has now burned nearly 5,400 acres northwest of Flagstaff.

Kaitlyn Webb with the U.S. Forest Service said high winds and an incoming cold front have hindered containments efforts, but that may change soon.

“This next week, with calmer winds in the forecast, there is a potential that fire personnel are gonna maybe be able to reassess their tactics, and potentially use aerial ignition to introduce fire up on the top of the peaks.”

Webb said introducing fire at the top of Kendrick Mountain would slow its growth, as fire uphill burns more intensely and grows faster than downhill.

A section of Highway 180 in the area remains closed. Webb said a decision whether to continue the closure will be made on Sunday.

Daniel Perle rejoined the KJZZ team in May 2019, after interning during the summer of 2017.A recent graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Perle served as the editor-in-chief of the online student-run newspaper, the Downtown Devil, and as the news director for Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run station. While in school, Perle reported on enterprise topics such as former Arizona Cardinals players suffering from the aftermath of their careers in football and the process which felons in Arizona must go through to restore their right to vote.When he’s not in the newsroom — and probably when he’s in it — Perle is scrolling through Twitter. Other than that, he enjoys reading Kurt Vonnegut novels and practicing his three-point shooting.