Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Infrared flight reveals increased acreage
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 24, 2019 – 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 ridgelines 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.