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    Rafael Fire Update July 5, 2021 95% contained

    Final Rafael Fire Morning Update – July 5, 2021
    Acres: 78,065
    Percent Containment: 95%
    Date/Time Detected: Friday, 06/18/2021 at 1927 MST Structures Damaged/Destroyed: 1
    Number of Personnel: 67
    Cause: Lightning
    Origin/Location: 4 miles north of Perkinsville
    This will be the final daily update from the Rafael Fire. According to Incident Commander Troy Mueller, fire managers at Coconino, Kaibab, and Prescott National Forests will assume management of the Rafael Fire Tuesday morning at 6 a.m.
    Firefighters are nearing completion of the suppression repair work and road mending. Interior pockets well within the fire perimeter will continue to smolder and smoke. Forest Service firefighters will continue to patrol the perimeter and keep a watchful eye on the fire. The Burned Area Emergency Response team is in place and is continuing assessing burn severity over the entire fire.
    All communities affected by the fire are in “READY evacuation status. However, all areas within the Coconino, Kaibab and Prescott National Forests remain closed to entry, regardless of evacuation status. Questions concerning Forest closures should be directed to each respective Forest. Updates to Forest closures can be found at Coconino National Forest – Alerts & Notices (usda.gov) Kaibab National Forest – Alerts & Notices (usda.gov).
    and Prescott National Forest – Alerts & Notices (usda.gov).
    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: CoconinoCounty 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 on the Kaibab National Forest and Coconino National Forest will end Tuesday, July 6, at 6:00 am. The Prescott National Forest Closure will end Friday morning, according to Debbie Maneely, Public Affairs Officer. Closures around the fire area will continue. 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. Fire Restrictions and Closures AcrossArizona | Department of Forestry and Fire Management (az.gov)
    Smoke forecasts are available at Wildfire Smoke Forecast | ADEQ Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

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