Breaking: Wildfire north of Flagstaff #MuseumFire

July 21st, 2019 at 11:24 AM

THURSDAY 7/25 1:45

Origin: 1 mile north of Flagstaff, AZ
Jurisdiction: Coconino NF
Start Date: July 21, 2019
Size: Approximately 1,927 acres
Percent Contained: 12%
Personnel: 679
Cause: Under Investigation

Firefighters continue to make excellent progress

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 24, 2019 – Firefighters made progress building fireline by hand and tying in with dozer lines on the south and west perimeters of the fire today. Crews are using direct tactics and looking for opportunities for strategic firing operations to accomplish containment goals. Air resources continued to apply retardant to cool existing hot spots. Cooler temperatures and moisture assisted with keeping fire behavior to a minimum during this operational period, however, warmer, drier weather is forecasted in the coming days. Smoke will continue to be visible in the area due to smoldering timber within the fire perimeter.

The Coconino Sheriff’s Office lifted the Elden Lookout Road evacuation this afternoon and allowed residents back into their homes. Fire officials have determined that the area is safe for residents only, however, the conditions and status of the fire could change at any time, resulting in a return to evacuation (GO) status. The Museum Fire Coconino National Forest closure order remains in effect for members of the public. Visit Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6450/ to view a map of the closure area.

Areas in pre-evacuation (SET) status include: Elden Lookout Road, West of Weatherford Rd, North of 180, Peak View Country Store, Magdalena, Kelly McCoy, Forest Hills, Valley Crest, Locket Meadows, Mt. Elden Lookout Estates, north and west of Hwy 89 and Silver Saddle, Hutcheson Acres, McCann Estates, Timberline communities, Little Elden Springs, Black Bill Park, Wupatki Trails and Pine Mountain Estates, West of Hwy of 89 from Railhead north to Townsend-Winona, including the KOA Campground and Christmas Tree Estates. For the most current Ready, Set, GO status of communities, call the Coconino County Call Center at 928-213-2990, staffed between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has been ordered to work with local emergency responders to begin assessments of the affected landscape. BAER Teams are staffed by specially trained professionals: hydrologists, soil scientists, engineers, biologists, vegetation specialists, archeologists, and others who rapidly evaluate the burned area and prescribe emergency stabilization treatments to prevent further damage to life, property and natural resources.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones are prohibited from flying over the fire area. Even a tiny drone can cause a serious or fatal accident if it collides with firefighting aircraft. Flying a drone over a wildland fire is breaking the law and shuts down crucial air suppression tactics.

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WEDNESDAY 3 PM:

Flagstaff, AZ – The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce lifting the evacuation of the residents living on the Elden Lookout Road.

The Southwest Incident Management Team that is managing the Museum Fire has determined that the status and condition of the fire at this time is no longer an imminent threat to the Elden Lookout Road area and has recommended allowing residents back into their homes.

Residents returning to the Elden Lookout Road area will return to a “Set” status.  The Incident Management Team reminds all residents that the conditions and status of the fire could change at any time resulting in a return to a “Set” or “Go” (evacuation) status. 

The Sheriff’s Office will begin the re-entry of the Elden Lookout Road residents at 1:00 pm today (Wednesday, July 24).  Evacuated residents are instructed to report in person to Deputies staged at Sechrist School (2230 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001).  Residents will be required to show identification verifying their address.  Residents will be provided informational packets advising them of ongoing air operations and current forest closures. 

The verification point for re-entry at Sechrist School will be open from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.  Residents who are unable to go to Sechrist School during those hours will need to check in with law enforcement at the roadblock located at Hwy 180 and Schultz Pass Road for verification.

Only residents will be allowed back into the Elden Lookout Road area. All members of the public are reminded to be mindful and cautious of the increase in traffic in firefighting apparatus and closure of the forest in and around the fire area. 

Drones of any kind are prohibited from flying over the area. When an unidentified aircraft, manned or unmanned, is sighted in the fire area, all air operations must shut down immediately. This poses significant risk to fire personnel and suspends crucial air suppression tactics.

WEDNESDAY 2:20 PM:

Origin: 1 mile north of Flagstaff, AZ
Jurisdiction: Coconino NF
Start Date: July 21, 2019
Size: Approximately 1,887 acres
Percent Contained: 10%
Personnel: Estimated 600
Cause: Under Investigation

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 24, 2019 – As we start to see showers come through the area over the Museum Fire, the incident management team is aware of the potential for flooding in the future and is taking action to help prevent the impacts where possible. Even with the showers we have received over the fire to date, the fire is not out yet.

City, County and State officials are leading the efforts in any flood situation. Tonight, July 24, 2019, at 6 pm, Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff are holding a meeting at Coconino High School (2801 N. Izabel St., Flagstaff, AZ) on the potential for future flooding.

The Coconino County EOC website coconino.az.gov/978/Floods has information on floods that may be helpful for local residents. Their phone number is (928) 213-2990. The City of Flagstaff has flood warning and awareness information on their website as well as monsoon flooding preparedness. Their website information is at flagstaff.az.gov/4113/Flood-Warning-and-Awareness and flagstaff.az.gov/3992/MonsoonFlooding-Preparedness. Their phone number is (928) 213-2000.

WEDNESDAY 9:00 AM:

Origin: 1 mile north of Flagstaff, AZ
Jurisdiction: Coconino NF
Start Date: July 21, 2019
Size: Approximately 1,887 acres
Percent Contained: 10%
Personnel: Estimated 600
Cause: Under Investigation

Last night, an infrared reconnaissance flight over the fire area yesterday revealed a change in the total reported acreage of the Museum Fire, currently at 1,887 acres.

While the rain helped slow the fire’s spread, heavy fuels will continue to burn for some time.

Firefighters made progress securing the west side perimeter as well as building line and strategic firing operations on the north and south sides. These burnout operations allow crews to bring the fire along steep slopes at a reduced intensity to a designated point, mindful of soil erosion.

Air resources were utilized throughout the day to drop water and retardant to protect values at risk, help cool hot spots and slow the fire’s spread prior to afternoon rains.

Today’s increase in humidity will allow firefighters to build line directly along the fire’s edge, using ridge lines and natural holding features where they can. Air support will continue as needed with seven helicopters and a mobile retardant base assigned to the fire.

Structure protection resources are assigned within communities closest to the fire.

Last night’s public meeting was well attended. For a video from the meeting go to: https://bit.ly/2Gq4Gve.

Questions regarding evacuation status and procedures should be directed to Coconino County Call Center at 928-213-2990, staffed between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Evacuation orders remain in place for Mount Elden Lookout Road. The Red Cross is operating a shelter for those who have been displaced from their homes at Sinagua Middle School (3950 E. Butler Ave. Flagstaff, AZ).

Several nearby communities remain in pre-evacuation status including Peak View Country Store, Magdalena, Kelly McCoy, Forest Hills, Valley Crest, Lockett Ranch, Mount Elden Lookout Estates, north and west of Highway 89 and Silver Saddle, Hutcheson Acres, McCann Estates, Little Elden Springs, Black Bill Park, Wupatki Trails, Pine Mountain Estates, West of Highway 89 from Railhead north to Townsend-Winona, including the KOA Campground, and Christmas Tree Estates.

Below, a simulated overflight video of #MuseumFire created using Google Earth Studio. Fire perimeter is from an infrared flight on 7/23/19 10:27PM local time.

LIVE SCANNER COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE FIRE SCENE CAN BE HEARD ON OUR ONLINE SCANNER FEEDS AT https://flagscanner.com/vip-access/

WEDNESDAY 8:00 AM:

Fire is now at 1,889 acres. Video of this mornings press conference from our friends at Fox 10.

Below, a simulated overflight video of #MuseumFire created using Google Earth Studio. Fire perimeter is from an infrared flight on 7/23/19 10:27PM local time.

WEDNESDAY 7:30 AM: 

Origin: 1 mile north of Flagstaff, AZ
Jurisdiction: Coconino NF
Start Date: July 21, 2019
Size: Approximately 1,889 acres
Percent Contained: 10%
Personnel: 500+
Cause: Under Investigation

Firefighters took advantage of favorable weather conditions today to conduct burnout operations on the north edge of the Museum Fire. Increased smoke may be noticeable as additional burnout operations take place, weather permitting.

Crews are looking for opportunities to implement direct suppression tactics where they can be successful, given the steep and rocky terrain. Firefighters worked to suppress spot fires in the 1977 Radio Fire burn scar and to contain the fire along Mount Elden Lookout Road. Crews continue to construct and connect the fire line as well as performing structure assessment and preparation work.

Helicopters dropped water to cool hotspots within the fire perimeter. The team has ordered an infrared flight over the fire to obtain a more accurate assessment of current fire size but smoke and weather conditions have affected the ability to obtain accurate acreage. The fire is estimated at 1,400 acres.

Questions regarding evacuation status and procedures should be directed to Coconino County Call Center at 928-213-2990, staffed between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Evacuation orders remain in place for Mount Elden Lookout Road. The Red Cross is operating a shelter for those who have been displaced from their homes at Sinagua Middle School (3950 E. Butler Ave. Flagstaff, AZ).

Several nearby communities remain in pre-evacuation status including Peak View Country Store, Magdalena, Kelly McCoy, Forest Hills, Valley Crest, Lockett Ranch, Mount Elden Lookout Estates, north and west of Highway 89 and Silver Saddle, Hutcheson Acres, McCann Estates, Little Elden Springs, Black Bill Park, Wupatki Trails, Pine Mountain Estates, West of Highway 89 from Railhead north to Townsend-Winona, including the KOA Campground, and Christmas Tree Estates.

Here are the details for TODAYS Museum Fire Flood Community Meeting.

This meeting is for residents and property owners on Paradise Road, Grandview Drive and the following areas within the Sunnyside neighborhood:
o North of Rte 66
o East of West Street
o West of 4th Street
o South of Cedar Avenue

The County’s Flood Control District and City of Flagstaff Water Services staff will present flood information about flood risk, mitigation and be available to answer questions.

A video of last nights meeting can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/CoconinoCounty/videos/406542959965631/

The video below is a simulated overflight video of #MuseumFire created using Google Earth Studio. Fire perimeter is from infrared flight on 7/23/19 10:27PM local time.


TUESDAY 7/23 11:36: Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the Museum Fire at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 22, 2019. The Team, led by Incident Commander Rich Nieto, will prioritize the safety of firefighters and the public while protecting values at risk including homes, watersheds, communication sites, recreation and cultural resources.

“I commend the local Type 3 Incident Management Team for their great work, which has made for a smooth transition.” – Rich Nieto, Incident Commander

Resources assigned to the fire include 8 hotshot crews, 3 Type 2 hand crews, 1 initial attack crew, 8 engines, 6 dozers and 7 helicopters.

Today, crews will continue scouting the fire area, preparing fire lines to tie into holding features, and conducting structure assessments. Firefighters will monitor weather conditions closely for opportunities to conduct burnout operations and other indirect tactics. Thunder storms are expected to bring moisture to the area, but also high winds and the possibility of flash floods. Aircraft will continue to be utilized for suppression as weather allows.

Evacuations are managed by Coconino County Sheriff’s Office using the “Ready, Set, Go!” system. “Ready” means prepare now, “Set” means be alert, and “Go” means evacuate. An evacuation order has been issued for Mt. Eldon Lookout Road. Several nearby communities remain in “Set” status including Peak View Country Store, Magdalena, Kelly McCoy, Forest Hills, Valley Crest, Lockett Ranch, Mt. Elden Lookout Estates, north and west of Highway 89 and Silver Saddle, Hutcheson Acres, McCann Estates, Little Elden Springs, Black Bill Park, Wupatki Trails, Pine Mountain Estates, West of Highway 89 from Railhead north to Townsend-Winona, including the KOA Campground, and Christmas Tree Estates. The Red Cross has established a shelter for those who have been displaced from their homes at Sinagua Middle School (3950 E. Butler Ave. Flagstaff, AZ).

A community meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Flagstaff High School (400 W Elm Ave, Flagstaff, AZ). Team members and cooperators will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. ASL Interpreters and CART Captioning Services will be provided.

TUESDAY 7/23 8:00 AM Update: Fire is still at 1800 acres with zero percent containment. Fire Managers say containment numbers will start coming in today though and that they are optimistic about the next few days. Much praise was given to the Coconino National Forest Fire crews that were first on the fire Sunday. A public meeting will be held tonight at 6pm at the Flagstaff High School. A video from the briefing this morning by our friends at Channel 3 is below.

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7-engines, 4 fuel crews, 2 hotshot crews, 14 patrols, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders, 4 heavy air tankers, 4 single engine air tankers, 3 type-1 helicopters, a type-3 helicopters, an air attack, a lead plane and a very large air tanker.


MONDAY 7/22 9:30 PM: Final update of the day.

Origin: 1 mile north of Flagstaff, AZ
Jurisdiction: Coconino NF
Start Date: July 21, 2019
Size: 1800 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Personnel: 600
Cause: Under Investigation

Type 1 Team to assume command of Museum Fire ops at 6 p.m. tonight

The Type 1 Southwest Area Incident Management Team 2 will assume command of operations related to the Museum Fire, located about 1 mile north of Flagstaff, at 6 p.m. today. The Incident Command Post is located at Ft. Tuthill, just south of Flagstaff.

Media & Public Inquiries
All public information and media inquiries regarding activity of the Museum Fire will be handled by the incident management team from that time forward:

• Online Fire Incident Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6450/
• Media & Public Information Phone Line: 928-288-2484, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. (this number will be active after 6 p.m. tonight and then be answered during regular business hours)
• Museum Fire Public Information Email: 2019.museum@firenet.gov
• Museum Fire Facebook Page: To be determined
• Museum Fire Twitter: To be determined

Updates from the incident management team will also be mirrored on Coconino National Forest’s public website and social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

LIVE SCANNER COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE FIRE SCENE CAN BE HEARD ON OUR ONLINE SCANNER FEEDS AT https://flagscanner.com/vip-access/

7/22 3:22 PM: *** EVACUATE GO STATUS ACTIVE FOR RESIDENTS OF SHULTZ PASS AND ELDEN LOOKOUT ROAD. MUST EVACUATE BY 6PM. ***

7/22 3:00 PM Update: The following areas and neighborhoods have been added to the “Set” stage (pre-evacuation): West of Weatherford Rd, North of 180, Peak View Country Store, Magdalena, Kelly McCoy, Forest Hills, Valley Crest and Locket Meadows.

Other areas that continue to be under “Set” (pre-evacuation) are the areas of Mt. Elden Lookout Estates, north and west of Hwy 89 and Silver Saddle, Hutcheson Acres, McCann Estates all of Timberline communities including, Little Elden Springs, Black Bill Park, Wupatki Trails and Pine Mountain Estates, West of Hwy of 89 from Railhead north to Townsend-Winona, including the KOA Campground, Christmas Tree Estates and the U.S. Forest Service Peaks Ranger Station Office.

During the Set notification (pre-evacuation), residents are asked to pack any emergency items, be able to sustain for 72-hours and get information on the fire from official resources such as the Coconino County Website, Facebook and Twitter, City of Flagstaff Facebook and Twitter and the U.S. Forest Service Facebook and Twitter. A call center (928.213.2990) has been activated for people with questions. People are also encouraged to sign-up for emergency notifications for evacuation and other notices at coconino.az.gov/ready.

Coconino County Sheriff, Flagstaff Police and other Law Enforcement personnel will be going through these neighborhoods to let people know of the “Set” stage and to be ready for future evacuation orders. All Flagstaff residents should be in “Ready” stage.

The American Red Cross has set-up a shelter at Sinagua Middle School, 3950 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ. For people in need of pet sheltering, please contact the Coconino Humane Association. For large animal sheltering, please contact the call center. (928.213.2990).

Drones of any kind are prohibited from flying over the area. When an unidentified aircraft, manned or unmanned, is sighted in the fire area, all air operations must shut down immediately. This poses a significant risk to fire personnel and suspends crucial air suppression tactics.

CLICK MAP BELOW FOR LARGER IMAGE OF “SET” MAP

7/22 2:16 PM: Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans has signed an emergency proclamation declaring an emergency in the city of Flagstaff. Coconino County Chairwoman Fowler has also signed one on behalf of Coconino County as well. They have been forwarded to the Governor for action.

7/22 1:20 PM: From the Flagstaff Police Department: Officers and CCSO volunteers are out in the area of Christmas Tree estates, KOA campground, and surrounding businesses to notify of the “Set” pre-evacuation notice.

7/22 12:00 PM Update: The most recent mapping related to the updated “set” condition is as follows, and does not include the Swiss Manor, Upper Greenlaw, and Skyline neighborhoods as indicated in the lower-left corner at this time. We will continue to update neighborhoods and information as it becomes available. Click map to open larger view.

Latest fire map as of 12 noon. Click image to view.

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7/22 10:40am Museum Fire morning “Set” stage update

FLAGSTAFF – The following areas and neighborhoods have been added to the “Set” stage (pre-evacuation): West of Hwy of 89 from Railhead north to Townsend-Winona, including the KOA Campground, Christmas Tree Estates and the U.S. Forest Service Peaks Ranger Station Office.

The U.S. Forest Service conducted an aerial assessment of the fire this morning and due to the growth of the fire, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) determined it was necessary to put the Flagstaff neighborhoods on “Set” (pre-evacuation). According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Fire is currently about 1,000 acres and was very active overnight. Crews were not able to conduct burnout operations due to the activity and the fire spotting ahead of itself but took indirect suppression tactics where they could.

Other areas that continue to be under “Set” (pre-evacuation) are the areas of Mt. Elden Lookout Estates, north and west of Hwy 89 and Silver Saddle, Hutcheson Acres, McCann Estates all of Timberline communities including, Little Elden Springs, Black Bill Park, Wupatki Trails and Pine Mountain Estates. Residents are asked to pack any emergency items, have resources to sustain for 72-hours, know how to receive and stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media and community resources.

Coconino County Sheriff, Flagstaff Police and other Law Enforcement personnel will be going through these neighborhoods to let people know of the “Set” stage and to be ready for future evacuation orders. All Flagstaff residents should be in “Ready” stage.

During the Set notification (pre-evacuation), residents are asked to pack any emergency items, be able to sustain for 72-hours and get information on the fire from official resources such as the Coconino County WebsiteFacebook and Twitter, City of Flagstaff Facebook and Twitter and the U.S. Forest ServiceFacebook and Twitter. A call center (928.213.2990) has been activated for people with questions. People are also encouraged to sign-up for emergency notifications for evacuation and other notices at coconino.az.gov/ready.

The American Red Cross has set-up a shelter at Sinagua Middle School, 3950 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ. For people in need of pet sheltering, please contact the Coconino Humane Association. For large animal sheltering, please contact the call center (928.213.2990).

Drones of any kind are prohibited from flying over the area. When an unidentified aircraft, manned or unmanned, is sighted in the fire area, all air operations must shut down immediately. This poses significant risk to fire personnel and suspends crucial air suppression tactics.

7/22 9:30am fire map. Click for larger view

7/22 8AM: Wildland firefighters are using every available aerial platform in the southwest region on a wildfire in the Dry Lake Hills area north of Flagstaff today.

The Museum Fire, currently about 1,000 acres, was very active overnight. Crews were not able to conduct burnout operations due to the activity and the fire spotting ahead of itself, but took indirect suppression tactics where they could.

The fire was flanked with retardant and water from more than a dozen aircraft Sunday in an effort to keep it in the Schultz Pass area and limit its spread north and south. Spotting was noted toward the east, and hand crews are working to create a fire line to work on containment that ties in with aerial suppression.

Fire managers will be using direct and indirect tactics to suppress the fire today. A heavy air component is expected as the objectives are to keep the fire east and south of Forest Road 420 (Schultz Pass Road), west of U.S. Highway 89, and north of the Pipeline Road and those communities.

Drones of any kind are prohibited from flying over the area. When an unidentified aircraft, manned or unmanned, is sighted in the fire area, all air operations must shut down immediately. This poses a significant risk to fire personnel and suspends crucial air suppression tactics. If any member of the public sees someone launching a drone, please call 911. The public should also stay out of the fire area for public and firefighter safety.

Heavy smoke will be visible from Flagstaff and other local communities. The public should use extreme caution when driving on U.S. Highways 180 and 89 north of Flagstaff and stay out of the fire area.

Updates about the Museum Fire, acreage, and latest activity will be found daily on Inciweb and posted on the Coconino National Forest Twitter and Facebook social media sites.

MUSEUM FIRE OVERVIEW

  • Discovery date: July 21, 2019.
  • Cause: Under investigation.
  • Origin location: About 1 mile north of Flagstaff (Latitude/Longitude: 35° 15.752N, 111° 38.753W).
  • Current size: Approximately 1,000 acres.
  • Current resources: Seven engines, four fuels hand crews, three Interagency Hotshot Crews, three Type-1 helicopters, two Type-III helicopters, four heavy fixed wing aircraft, four single engine air tankers, an air attack aircraft, three lead aircraft, a very large air tanker (VLAT), six patrols, and miscellaneous overhead personnel. Total personnel: approximately 200.
  • Additional resources ordered: 10 Hotshot crews, 20 engines, six dozers, four water tenders
  • Predicted smoke impacts: Significant smoke will impact the Flagstaff area and communities east of Flagstaff. Smoke will settle in low lying areas of Flagstaff and surrounding areas during the cooler hours and lift as the day warms up.
  • Current closures: Little Elden Spring Campground, various trails within the fire area, and a portion of the Arizona Trail within the fire area, which will be rerouted as needed.

LIVE SCANNER COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE FIRE SCENE CAN BE HEARD ON OUR ONLINE SCANNER FEEDS AT https://flagscanner.com/vip-access/

The Coconino Humane Association is the Designated Emergency Evacuation Shelter for your pets during the Museum Fire starting July 21st, 2019. If you are in need of temporary sheltering of your animals during this devastating fire please call the Coconino Humane Association at 928-526-1076. We are located off 4th Street and Butler down the dirt road. Please bring any available paperwork on your animals as well as any special food or medications. Shelter staff is available 24 hours a day during the emergency to help assist our community. We want to assure all owners that we are prepared, trained and ready. We are here to help. Thank you

The following neighborhoods have been identified in the Set Stage (pre-evacuation): Mt. Elden Lookout Estates, north and west of Hwy 89 and Silver Saddle, Hutcheson Acres, McCann Estates all of Timberline communities including, Black Bill Park, Wupatki Trails and Pine Mountain Estates.

During the Set notification (pre-evacuation), residents are asked to pack any emergency items, have resources to sustain for 72-hours, know how to receive and stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media and community resources.

Coconino Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Game and Fish are stationed in the neighborhoods ready to assist with pre-evacuation notices. Residents can also evacuate on their own prior to an official evacuation order.

If evacuations occur, the American Red Cross has set-up a shelter at Sinagua Middle School, 3950 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86004.

All areas, including the upper eastside neighborhoods of Flagstaff, including Cedar Hills, Shadow Mountain, Christmas Tree, Skyline, Swiss Manor and Upper Greenlaw should be in the “Ready” stage or “prepare now.”

  • Be aware of the hazards that can threaten your community.
  • Register with your county/tribal emergency notification system.
  • Connect with your Emergency Management/Sheriff’s Office on social media.
  • Take steps now to prepare for seasonal threats.
  • Make a family evacuation and communication plan that includes family phone numbers, out-of-town contacts and family meeting locations.
  • Build an emergency go kit with enough food, water and necessary supplies for at least 72 hours. Start with the five P’s; people and pet supplies, prescriptions, papers, personal needs and priceless items.
  • Check with your neighbors, family, friends and elders to ensure they are ready.
  • Keep up to date on local news, weather watches and warnings.

A call center (928.213.2990) has been activated for people with questions. People are also encouraged to sign-up for emergency notifications for evacuation and other notices at coconino.az.gov/ready.


SUNDAY, July 21st Timeline below:

11:00 AM We are working with authorities to bring you the latest up to the minute information regarding the fire burning north of Flagstaff. Fire Fighters are currently asking for police to assist with evacuating the Flagstaff Y at Schultz Pass and Mt Elden Lookout rd. Trails in the area are also being evacuated. 3 helicopters are en route from Prescott and Show Low.  Size and cause of the fire are not yet known. This post will auto-refresh every 3 minutes. Stay with Flagscanner and flagscanner.com for the most accurate and up to the minute updates.

11:37 AM: Fire crews are setting up a staging area at Sunset trailhead. They are still attempting to get all hikers and bikers off of the trails. Helicopters will be pulling water from city tanks at Schultz and Elden Lookout intersection. Water lines being used from hydrants along Freemont St. in Flagstaff.  LIVE SCANNER COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE FIRE SCENE CAN BE HEARD ON OUR ONLINE SCANNER FEEDS AT https://flagscanner.com/vip-access/

11:51 AM: 3 Helicopters still en route. Also asking for fixed wind support. Fire being named the MUSEUM Fire.

11:55 AM: Fire is currently at 4 to 5 acres in size. Heavy air tankers requested to the scene now as well.

11:57 AM: Boots on the ground saying tall tree torching is occurring and short-range spotting. Some structures threatened at base of dry lake hills

12:23 PM: A total of 4 heavy fixed-wing tankers have been orders in addition to 4 for seat crews. Checking to see the availability of a VERY LARGE AIR TANKER from Phoenix.

1:03 An evacuation notice has been issued for the recreational areas of Forest Rd. 420 to Hwy 89 (Mount Elden Lookout) and Schultz Pass Rd. to private land. Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue is on-scene and assisting with the evacuation. A pre-evacuation notice has also been issued for the area of Forest Rd. 420 to Friedlein Prairie.

1:53 PM: Heavy Air Tanker DC10 will be over the fire shortly.

2:00 PM: An Emergency Operations Center has been activated to support the#MuseumFire. An evacuation notice has been issued for the recreational areas of Forest Rd. 420 to Hwy 89 (Mount Elden Lookout) and Schultz Pass Rd. to private land. Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue is on-scene and assisting with the evacuation. A pre-evacuation notice has also been issued for the area of Forest Rd. 420 to Friedlein Prairie.

2:55 PM: Fire is now at 200 acres.

3:09 PM: 7-engines, 4 fuel crews, 2 hotshot crews, 14 patrols, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders, 4 heavy air tankers, 4 single-engine air tankers, 3 type-1 helicopters, a type-3 helicopter, an air attack, a lead plane, and a very large air tanker. 200 acres and 187 personnel.

3:36 PM American Red Cross shelter now opened at Sinagua Middle School,  3850 East Butler Avenue in Flagstaff for evacuees from the Museum Fire needing a place to stay. Also, Cinder Hills Kennels located on Townsend Winona Road are offering FREE emergency shelter for animals. Proof of residency and current rabies shots required. 

4:10 PM FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 21, 2019 – Due to the complexity of the Museum Fire and additional resources needed, a Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered and is scheduled to arrive tomorrow for in-briefing and assume command of the fire. The Southwest Area Incident Management Team #2 (IMT), led by Incident Commander Rich Nieto, will arrive tomorrow afternoon and is planning to take over the management of the fire at approximately 6 p.m.The Museum Fire, located about a mile north of Flagstaff (Latitude/Longitude: 35°15’47.3″N 111°38’19.2″W), was reported at about 5 acres at 10:53 a.m. this morning. The fire has grown quickly and is currently estimated at 400 acres. Smoke will be visible from Flagstaff and other local communities. The public should use extreme caution when driving on U.S. Highways 180 and 89 north of Flagstaff as firefighting vehicles, personnel, and equipment will frequently be using those roads as they fight the fire. Evacuation information is handled by Coconino County Emergency Management and conducted by the Sheriff’s Office. The Emergency Management Call Center can be reached at (928) 213-2990. Updates about the Museum Fire, acreage, and latest activity can be found on Inciweb, and quick updates will be posted on the Coconino National Forest Twitter and Facebook social media sites. When the IMT arrives, they will assume responsibilities of keeping the public and media informed about the Museum Fire, and an update will be sent out regarding contact information for the IMT’s public information office.

4:22 PM The EOC has established a call center to field inquiries about resources available and other information related to the Museum Fire. The call center telephone number is (928) 213-2990.

4:30 PM: Fire is now at 400 acres

5:22 PM FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The following neighborhoods have been identified in the Set Stage (pre-evacuation): Mt. Elden Lookout Estates, north and west of Hwy 89 and Silver Saddle, Hutcheson Acres, McCann Estates all of Timberline communities including, Black Bill Park, Wupatki Trails and Pine Mountain Estates.

During the Set notification (pre-evacuation), residents are asked to pack any emergency items, have resources to sustain for 72-hours, know how to receive and stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media and community resources.

Coconino Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Game and Fish are stationed in the neighborhoods ready to assist with pre-evacuation notices. Residents can also evacuate on their own prior to an official evacuation order.

If evacuations occur, the American Red Cross has set-up a shelter at Sinagua Middle School, 3950 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86004.

All areas, including the upper eastside neighborhoods of Flagstaff, including Cedar Hills, Shadow Mountain, Christmas Tree, Skyline, Swiss Manor and Upper Greenlaw should be in the “Ready” stage or “prepare now.”

  • Be aware of the hazards that can threaten your community.
  • Register with your county/tribal emergency notification system.
  • Connect with your Emergency Management/Sheriff’s Office on social media.
  • Take steps now to prepare for seasonal threats.
  • Make a family evacuation and communication plan that includes family phone numbers, out-of-town contacts and family meeting locations.
  • Build an emergency go kit with enough food, water and necessary supplies for at least 72 hours. Start with the five P’s; people and pet supplies, prescriptions, papers, personal needs and priceless items.
  • Check with your neighbors, family, friends and elders to ensure they are ready.
  • Keep up to date on local news, weather watches and warnings.

A call center (928.213.2990) has been activated for people with questions. People are also encouraged to sign-up for emergency notifications for evacuation and other notices at coconino.az.gov/ready.

8:45 PM:Firefighters are planning to conduct burnout operations tonight in an area between Mt Elden Lookout Road (Forest Road 557) and the southern portion of Brookbank Trail. Fire from these ignitions will be very visible through the night and are part of the efforts being used to battle the Museum Fire. Evacuation information is handled by Coconino County Emergency Management and conducted by the Sheriff’s Office. The Emergency Management Call Center can be reached at (928) 213-2990. Updates about the Museum Fire, acreage, and latest activity can be found on Inciweb, and quick updates will be posted on the Coconino National Forest Twitter and Facebook social media sites. This will be the final update this evening, and a new update will be released tomorrow morning.

The Coconino Humane Association is the Designated Emergency Evacuation Shelter for your pets during the Museum Fire starting July 21st, 2019. If you are in need of temporary sheltering of your animals during this devastating fire please call the Coconino Humane Association at 928-526-1076. We are located off 4th Street and Butler down the dirt road. Please bring any available paperwork on your animals as well as any special food or medications. Shelter staff is available 24 hours a day during the emergency to help assist our community. We want to assure all owners that we are prepared, trained and ready. We are here to help. Thank you

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