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    The Rafael Fire is 72% Contained!

    Rafael Fire Map

    Acres: 78,709

    Percent Containment: 72%

    Date/Time Detected: Friday, 06/18/2021 at 1927 MST Structures Damaged/Destroyed:  1
    Number of Personnel: 542

    Cause: Lightning

    Origin/Location: 4 miles north of Perkinsville

        Yesterday hand crews, with the aid of bucket drops from helicopters, worked in the Mooney Canyon area on a hot spot.  Crews continued mop up, patrol and suppression repair activities.   Fairly heavy rain fell in the area of Whiting Ranch yesterday afternoon, and a flash flood warning was issued for Sycamore canyon—no flooding was reported.  Thunderstorms and possible rain are predicted for this afternoon, with outflow winds of up to fifty miles per hour possible.  Firefighters around the fire are prepared to take suppression action on any new ignitions resulting from lightning strikes. Today, crews will continue to patrol and mop up around the fire to secure the perimeter. Chipping of woody debris will continue along several portions of the perimeter, and an excavator will be engaged in suppression repair in the area around the Loy Ranch. Smoke from burning interior fuels will continue to be visible for a few more days. The process of demobilizing Crews and equipment will continue.

    There are no longer any communities or areas under “GO” evacuation status.  However, all areas within the Coconino, Kaibab, and Prescott National Forests remain closed to entry, regardless of evacuation status.    

        Evacuation status as of 6 a.m. June 30 (Notifications are in place until status is rescinded or changed by each respective

    County Sheriff’s Office):

    “GO”-None

    “SET” – In Yavapai County, Loy Ranch, Coconino County Sycamore    Canyon

    “READY” -– in Coconino County, Garland Prairie South and Garland Prairie North, South of Williams, Sherwood Forest, Camp Navajo, West of I-17 south of 1-40, Westwood Estates, Flagstaff Ranch (including W.L. Gore), Mountain Dell, Pine Del, Forest Highlands, Kachina Village, University Heights, Equestrian Estates, Upper Oak Creek Canyon, West Fork, Lower Oak Creek Canyon, and in Yavapai County, Grey Ranch, Windmill Ranch, Bear Mountain and Sedona.

    Information about evacuation status can be found on the Coconino County Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/CoconinoCounty and at the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff/  Maps of evacuation status in Coconino County can be found at: Coconino County Situational Awareness Viewer (arcgis.com)

    It’s fire season in Northern Arizona. Residents in Northern Arizona should be Ready.  https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

    Full forest closures are in effect on the Kaibab National Forest, Coconino National Forest, and Prescott National Forest   Coconino National Forest – Alerts & Notices (usda.gov)    Kaibab National Forest – Alerts & Notices (usda.gov).

    and Prescott 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 and Fire Management (az.gov)

    Smoke forecasts are available at Wildfire Smoke Forecast | ADEQ Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (azdeq.gov) and https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/NorthCentralArizona.

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