Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Fire information community meeting streamed live on Facebook
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 26, 2019 – The Southwest Area Incident Management Team is hosting a community meeting tonight at 6 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 status, operations, expected fire behavior, and forecasted weather, as well as mitigation and rehabilitation efforts. There will be a question and answer session immediately following. The meeting will be live-streamed on the Museum Fire Information Facebook page. Information Officers will monitor the feed and respond to your questions in real time.
Suppression efforts continue to reinforce firelines on all sides of the Museum Fire, increasing containment. The Initial Attack group responded to a new fire start west of Highway 180 and south of the Arizona Nordic Village. They are assisting the Forest Service in initial attack efforts.
The entire area of the Museum Fire is under a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The TFR limits access to airspace in the geographic area that encompasses the fire from ground level to an altitude of 13,000 feet (mean sea level) and applies to all aircraft, including DRONES. The TFR is in place to provide a controlled airspace for firefighting aircraft to operate and to support the firefighting efforts on the ground. Violations of a TFR are very serious and can result in large fines and jail time. For more details, visit FAA.gov.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team began collecting data and assessing the fire area today. There are a variety of emergency stabilization techniques that the BAER team could recommend for the burned area of the Museum Fire. Reseeding of ground cover or mulching with straw or chipped wood are some common hillslope stabilization techniques. The team also assesses the need to modify road and trail drainage mechanisms to keep roads and bridges from washing out during floods.
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 daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 928-213-2990.