Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 28, 2019 – Suppression repair efforts have become a priority for the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 2 as containment has increased. Burning on the northwest portion well into the fire’s interior and an area near Little Elden Mountain produced steady smoke today, but posed no threat to the line. A small firing operation was conducted off Little Elden Saddle to clean up the fire perimeter. Rehabilitation is a focus for Coconino National Forest. While firefighters work to repair lines, a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been working in the fire area gathering data to assess impacts of the fire and evaluate the need for emergency stabilization in order to minimize damage to life and natural resources. As BAER team members map soil burn severity, they are also assessing values at risk within the burned area. Once the soil burn severity map is finalized, the BAER team will begin the process of developing recommended treatments to minimize or mitigate post-fire effects to those values.
The Coconino National Forest Flagstaff Ranger District Closure Order remains in effect. Be sure to know before you go by visiting the Museum Fire at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6450/ for a map of the closure area. For trails open to the public, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/map/6450/2/93441
The public should use extreme caution when driving to and from local events on U.S. Highways 180 and 89 north of Flagstaff as firefighting vehicles are still operating in the area. Firefighter and public safety is the number one priority, and vehicle accidents are a major cause of death for wildland firefighters.
Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff encourage residents to sign up for emergency notifications at coconino.az.gov/ready. Mount Elden Estates remains in “Set” status. The Coconino County Emergency Call Center continues to be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 928-213-2990 to support continued communication related to Museum Fire response and flooding risk.
IF YOU FLY, WE CAN’T. DRONES ARE NOT ALLOWED OVER THE FIRE AND CAN IMPEDE FIRE SUPPRESSION EFFORTS.