FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., August 2, 2019 – This will be the final update for the Museum Fire, unless there is a significant change in fire activity. Information about post-fire rehabilitation work and the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment efforts will be available at the Museum Fire BAER Inciweb page at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6482/.
The 1,961-acre Museum Fire is holding at 91 percent containment. The cause is still under investigation. Remaining crews continue to hold the containment line, mop-up as necessary, and improve road conditions for emergency responder access. Resources assigned to the fire include: 1 hotshot crew; 1 suppression module; 3 engines; 1 helicopter; and, 1 dozer. The number of personnel assigned to the fire will continue to decrease with increased precipitation.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team continues assessing post-fire watershed conditions to determine the level of risk from potential flooding and debris flow from the Museum Fire.
Yesterday, the BAER team’s geologist, a member of the University of Arizona’s Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS), used geomorphic data collected after the Schultz fire along with data from preliminary Museum Fire field mapping to assess debris flow hazards. This helps land managers understand the potential for post-fire debris flows. Post-fire debris flows scour channels, transporting sediment and debris downstream.
The BAER team presents these findings and treatment recommendations to the Forest Supervisor as part of their assessment report which identifies immediate and emergency stabilization actions needed to address potential post-fire risks to human life and safety, property, cultural and critical natural resources on National Forest System lands.
Visitors to the Coconino National Forest are encouraged to know before you go by visiting Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/map/6450/0/93533 to view a map of the Museum Fire Public Safety Closure area.
Residents of Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff are urged to sign up for emergency notifications at coconino.az.gov/ready. The Coconino County Emergency Call Center is open daily from 8 AM to 6 PM at 928-213-2990.