Rafael Fire Morning Update – June 26, 2021
For information on evacuation status, and fire activity,there will be a virtual community meeting every day at 6p.m. until further notice, on the Incident Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/RafaelFireInfo/
Percent Containment: 0%
Date/Time Detected: Friday, 06/18/2021 at 1927 MSTStructures Damaged/Destroyed: 0
Number of Personnel: 553
Origin/Location: 4 miles north of Perkinsville
Today on the Kaibab National Forest, firefighters will continue yesterday’s burnout, bringing fire south from the Sycamore Falls Climbing Area to White Horse Lake, with support of an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone). Crews will continue line preparation from Pine Flat to Sycamore Point along FR 105, in anticipation of a firing operation. On the Coconino National Forest, crews will mop up and patrol yesterday’s firing operation from the Boy Scout Camp to the intersection of FR 527 and FR 538. Crews will continue the firing operation today down FR 538 to the edge of Sycamore Canyon. This activity is designed to stop fire growth towards the values at risk in the I-40 corridor from Williams to Flagstaff. This afternoon, crews will begin to back fire down into Sycamore Canyon by aerial ignition with helicopters and drones. This activity is designed to minimize fire effects to soils and vegetation on the steep slopes of Sycamore Canyon. Burning operations are expected to continue for the next few days as long as weather conditions allow. Smoke is expected to be more noticeable the next few days due to burnout operations. Smoke may settle in low lying areas, such as Verde and Prescott Valleys, and will lift by late morning. Smoke columns will be visible throughout the day as burning operations continue. Smoke forecasts are available at Wildfire Smoke Forecast | ADEQ ArizonaDepartment of Environmental Quality (azdeq.gov) .
Evacuation status as of 6 a.m. June 25 (Notifications arein place until status is rescinded or changed by eachrespective
County Sheriff’s Office):
“GO” in Coconino County, areas around Sycamore Canyon and South of Forest Service Road 535 off FS 231 (Sycamore Canyon) and Garland Prairie South. In Yavapai County, some rural ranches in the area of North FSR 525 and Bill Grey Road, West of Sedona (Loy Ranch). A shelter for evacuees is set up at Sinagua Middle School at 3950 E. Butler in Flagstaff.
“SET” – in Coconino County, areas around Camp Navajo, Garland Prairie North, Pine Aire Estates and residents in between. In Yavapai County, Bill Grey Road (Grey Ranch), FS Road 525 (Windmill Ranch), and FS Road 152C and Bear Mountain Road (BearMountain).
“READY” -– in Coconino County, all areas south of 1-40, west of I-17 including the following neighborhoods: Westwood Estates, Flagstaff Ranch (including W.L. Gore), Pine Del, Forest Highlands, Kachina Village, University Heights, Mountain del, and Equestrian Estates and in Yavapai County, the areas north of AZ-89A in West Sedona and north ofAZ-89A in Uptown Sedona have been placed on“Ready” status.
It’s fire season in Northern Arizona. All residents in Northern Arizona should be in Ready status.
Information about evacuation status can be found on the Coconino County Facebook page at:https://www.facebook.com/CoconinoCounty Maps of evacuation status in Coconino County can be found at: Coconino County Situational Awareness Viewer(arcgis.com)
Full forest closures are in effect on the Kaibab National Forest, Coconino National Forest, and Prescott National Forest. Kaibab National Forest -Alerts & Notices (usda.gov). Coconino National Forest -Alerts & Notices (usda.gov)
All Arizona State Trust lands are closed effective Friday, June 25 at 8:00 a.m. Fire Restrictions and Closures Across Arizona | Department of Forestry andFire Management (az.gov)