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Rafael Fire

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Prescott National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
344 S Cortez St
Prescott, AZ 86303

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Phone: 928-421-4579
Hours: Phone: 8 am - 8 pm

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Phone: 928-421-4983
Hours: Phone: 8 am - 8 pm
Phone: 000-000-0000
Hours: 8 am - 8 pm
Phone: 000-000-0000
Hours: 8 am - 8 pm

Rafael & Rock Butte Fire Updates

Rafael Fire Wildfire
News – 6/23/2021

 June 23, 2021 

The six fires being managed by the Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management team are the following [from north to south - all acreages are approximate and current as of 6/23, 20:00]:

Rock Butte Fires:

• Red Hat Fire - 49 acres – 85% containment

• Limestone Fire - 33 acres – 67% containment

• Spring Fire - 567 acres – 16% containment

• Rock Butte Fire – 126 acres – 0% containment

• Silent Fire - 27 acre – 0% containment

Location: North of Paulden, AZ and west of HWY 89 

Rafael Fire – 24,191 acres

Location: 4 miles North of Perkinsville, AZ and near Sycamore Canyon

Percent Containment: 0%

Cause: Lightning

With fire management transitions we are establishing a new Fire Information phone number 928-925-1111.

Variety of Tools aid in Fire Management Tactics 

Prescott, Ariz. [June 23, 2021] – Fire personnel were engaged in a variety of ways on the Rafael Fire yesterday. Use of aircraft was effective in slowing the fire progression on the east and south side of the fire.  Both mechanical and hand prepping of control lines were strategically located to protect values at risk including fire lookouts, cultural resources, private property, and infrastructure. The fire crossed Tule Canyon up to Sycamore Point. It also moved to the east crossing Sycamore Canyon up on to Casner Mountain. The fire is moving north/northeast towards higher elevations and timber fuel types. Crews will continue to work on developing containment strategies and prepping potential control lines along roads and other features.  A change in the weather brings cooler overnight temperatures, increased relative humidity, and up to a 60% chance of precipitation. Along with these benefits, the thunderstorms also bring the possibility of more lightning and gusty winds. 

On the Rock Butte Fire, considerable progress was made on all five of the fires such that fire managers felt comfortable removing the “Ready” status for the residents of Paulden. Fire managers will continue to monitor how the change in the weather may affect these fires. 

EVACUATIONS: Rock Butte Fires Update: Removed “Ready” status for Paulden. For Rafael Fire, visit the Coconino County Emergency Management website for current status on communities in Coconino County.  

WEATHER: Thunderstorms are expected with lower overnight temps, gusty winds, and possible lightning. Up to 60% chance of precipitation. Day time temps 81-85. Relative humidity 27-29%. 

CLOSURES: Starting today, the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests will be implementing full Forest Closures. The Apache-Sitgreaves will implement a full Forest Closure on Thursday. Prescott National Forest will implement a full Forest Closure on Friday. Also on Friday, the Tonto National Forest will Implement a Stage 3 Forest Closure with some lakes, roads and recreation areas that will remain accessible. 

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions remain in effect on the Prescott NF. 

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