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'Go' Order Given For South Garland Prairie, Other Communities Downgraded To 'Ready'

Prescott National Forest

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office has issued a “Go” evacuation order for the South Garland Prairie community as the Rafael Fire continues to burn on about 36,000 acres with no containment.

It includes homes off Boy Scout Camp Road, Arbor Lane, Thomas Loop Road, Leisure Drive, Bluebird Meadow Road, Dog Haven Place, Tanner Ranch Road and others in the area. Officials say residents should finish gathering necessary items and leave immediately. A shelter is being set up at Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff and an emergency operations call center has been set up at (928) 679-8647.

Meanwhile, several communities in Flagstaff south of Interstate-40 and west of I-17 that have been in “Set” mode in recent days have now been downgraded to “Ready” status. They include Kachina Village, University Heights, Forest Highlands, Pine Del, Mountain Del, Flagstaff Ranch and Westwood Estates. Officials say the type 1 incident management team now in command of firefighting no longer considers the area to be in imminent danger. They suggest residents continue to monitor fire activity and have an evacuation plan.

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