Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Community meeting tomorrow
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 25, 2019 – The Southwest Area Incident Management Team is hosting a community meeting at 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2019, at the Coconino High School located at 2801 North Izabel Street in Flagstaff. Fire professionals will be presenting specific fire-related information to the general public. The meeting will be streamed live on the Museum Fire Information Facebook page.
Fires crews improved access on Mount Elden Lookout Road for suppression resources to reach previously inaccessible areas of the fire. To the south, helicopters dropped loads of retardant to continue cooling hot spots. There is a large amount of heavy timber near the north area of the fire that is actively burning, as well as log decks that are putting off large amounts of smoke.
Firefighter and public safety remain the number one priority within the immediate fire area as well as within the surrounding communities. Due to special events occurring in the area, there will be an influx of visitors to the City of Flagstaff and the Coconino National Forest. Heavier vehicle traffic is to be expected on roadways from the general public and firefighters. Motorists are encouraged to heighten their situational awareness when driving to their respective destinations.
Scattered thunderstorms in the area could produce rain and gusty outflows that may cause strong, erratic winds, increased fire behavior and increased smoke in Flagstaff and surrounding communities. Access to live data links from local smoke monitors are located at fires.airfire.org/outlooks. The public is advised to refer to the Coconino County Health Department for information on the health impacts of smoke at www.coconino.az.gov/221/Health. Hot, dry weather will continue throughout the weekend.
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is scheduled to begin work in the fire area on Friday. Officials from the Coconino National Forest will determine the need for emergency treatments to minimize threats to life or property resulting from the effects of the fire and to stabilize and prevent any degradation to natural and cultural resources.
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.