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