Fire Season 2019

UPDATE: Flagstaff's Museum Fire 82% Contained

Jul 30, 2019

The Museum Fire burning in the Dry Lake Hills area north of Flagstaff is now 82% contained.

Officials say recent monsoonal activity has led to a few new lightning ignited fires on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park over the past several days.

Fire crews are actively working to suppress three fires within Grand Canyon National Park. The Lindbergh Fire near Lindbergh Hill is being directly suppressed. Approximately 2 acres in size, current fire behavior is reported to be moving slowly within mixed conifer. Fire crews are working to contain the fire at the smallest possible size by digging handline around the fire's perimeter.

Authorities say the Museum Fire burning north of Flagstaff now is 61% contained.  That’s up from 46-percent containment reported on Saturday.

Fire officials say the blaze has scorched more than 19-hundred acres or about 3 square miles in the Coconino National Forest in Flagstaff since it started on July 21st. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Ryan Heinsius / KNAU

As the Museum Fire continues to burn on nearly 2,000 acres in Flagstaff, officials are closely monitoring smoke impacts to local communities. With a drying trend in the forecast for the weekend those effects could intensify.

A volunteer Coordination Center for the Museum Fire is set to open this morning in Flagstaff.

The United Way of Northern Arizona along with Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff, will open the center at eight o’clock Friday morning. It is located at the Coconino County Health and Human Services department building at 2625 N. King Street in Flagstaff. It will be open through the weekend and until further notice.