Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Fire information community meeting tonight
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 26, 2019 – The Southwest Area Incident Management Team is hosting a community meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Coconino High School located at 2801 North Izabel Street in Flagstaff. Fire professionals will present detailed information on the current fire situation, expected fire behavior, predicted weather, and plans for continued fire suppression, as well as mitigation and rehabilitation efforts. The meeting will be streamed live on the Museum Fire Information Facebook page, and there will be a question and answer session immediately following. American Sign Language interpretation and CART captioning will be provided.
Helicopters dropped over 9,600 gallons of retardant to slow the spread of fire yesterday. Hand crews and ground equipment are working directly on the perimeter to build and fortify lines. Snags, or standing dead trees, are a major hazard to firefighters and are mitigated for safety and potential fire spread. Challenges for firefighters include snags, heavy fuels, boulder fields, and steep terrain near the fire perimeter. Crews are implementing proactive measures to remove burned ponderosa pine, mixed conifer and existing slash wherever possible. The daily goal is to increase the containment of the fire. A continuous fuel break around the entire perimeter of the fire with high confidence potential fires will not spot over this line is considered contained.
There is a possibility of thunderstorms again today with hotter and drier conditions forecasted for the weekend. Warm temperatures and low humidity levels create the potential for increased fire activity. Meteorologists have installed a Remote Automatic Weather Station (RAWS) on Mount Elden at approximately 9,000 feet in elevation. This station monitors the weather and provides data for fire managers to predict fire behavior and monitor fuels.
Expect increased traffic this weekend. Drive with caution and be on the lookout for firefighters and equipment on the roads. The Coconino National Forest Closure Order remains in effect. For your safety and the safety of firefighters, the public is not allowed in the fire area.
Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff encourage residents to sign up for emergency notifications at coconino.az.gov/ready. The emergency call center is open 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. – 928-213-2990.