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Museum Fire

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Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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Museum Fire Morning Update July 23, 2019

Museum Fire Wildfire
News – 7/23/2019

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 23, 2019 – 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 and CART services will be provided. The meeting will be streamed live on the incident Facebookpage. No account is required to view the video.

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