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Wildfire reported near Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff

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Multiple neighborhoods in Flagstaff that were placed on Set status earlier this afternoon because of a wildfire burning about a half-mile south of Lowell Observatory have been downgraded to Ready status.

Residents and businesses in Railroad Springs, West Kaibab Lane, Westglen Mobile Home Park, Mars Hill and surrounding areas had been told to be ready for a possible evacuation. According to Flagstaff Police, the fire is still a potential danger because of strong winds.

The Railroad Fire was reported just after 2 p.m. by Elden Lookout this afternoon and is burning on city land on about one acre.

Multiple resources from the city and U.S. Forest Service have responded. The fire is producing smoke that’ll be visible to those in the Flagstaff area. The cause is under investigation.