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Bravo Fire west of Flagstaff swells to 1,400 acres; nearby areas on 'SET' status

The Bravo Fire burns west of Flagstaff on Camp Navajo on Thursday, June 6, 2024.
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The Bravo Fire burns west of Flagstaff on Camp Navajo on Thursday, June 6, 2024.

Crews continue to battle a 1,400-acre wildfire burning west of Flagstaff on Camp Navajo Friday.

The Bravo Fire began late Wednesday and was reported near the south end of the base Thursday morning. The cause is under investigation.

Bellemont and the surrounding areas have been moved to “SET” status to be prepared for an evacuation if necessary. The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs says Camp Navajo is closed to all non-essential personnel.

The Northern Arizona Type 3 Incident Management Team took over yesterday evening. State forestry officials say they’re using a “full-suppression strategy” with nearly 150 people assigned to fight the fire, including two hotshot teams, multiple fire engines, four helicopters and several air tankers.

In a Friday morning update, the state emergency department says there are no immediate threats to "assets, personnel or critical infrastructure." They warn Flagstaff and other nearby communities will see heavy smoke impacts. It's expected to settle and dissipate over the next few days.

Flight restrictions are in place over the perimeter of the Bravo Fire. All air support operations stop if a drone or any other type or aircraft is seen operating over a wildfire or even a controlled burn. This can put the operation at risk and delay efforts to stop fires from spreading.