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Evacuations expand, US 89 closed because of Pipeline Fire

Pipeline Fire
Shawna Heinsius
The Pipeline Fire was reported Sunday at about 10:15 a.m. near Schultz Pass Road about six miles north of Flagstaff. As of Sunday afternoon it had grown to about 1,000 acres.

Officials ordered Go evacuation orders for the Timberline area south of Brandis Way Sunday afternoon because of the Pipeline Fire. It covers many neighborhoods impacted by April’s Tunnel Fire including Timberline, Wupatki Trails, Girls Ranch Road and Fernwood.

In addition, areas of Schultz Pass Road and Arizona Snowbowl have been given the Go order.

A Set order is in effect for Doney Park and Mt. Elden Lookout Road and Mt. Elden Estates including areas east of Schultz Pass Road and north of Highway 180 including Forest Roads 556 and 420, which is Schultz Pass Road.

Residents there should be prepared for an evacuation.

All recreationists in the area have been urged to leave immediately.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Department of Transportation has closed U.S. Highway 89 in both directions. The southbound side is closed at milepost 430 and the northbound side is close at milepost 427. Officials say, drivers should find an alternate route and there is no estimated time for reopening. For the most up to date travel info, see

According to the Coconino National Forest, the fire’s size has grown to 1,000 acres and its cause is unknown. It was reported Sunday at about 10:15 a.m. near Schultz Pass Road about six miles north of Flagstaff.

Firefighters are utilizing tankers to drop fire retardant along with other aircraft.

An incident management team has been ordered and will arrive over the coming days. Smoke is sweeping northeast through Schultz Pass toward Doney Park.

For official updates, see

For official evacuation information, see Coconino County’s Twitter feed or county map at