Fire Season 2019

Ryan Heinsius

Overnight infrared mapping shows the Museum Fire north of Flagstaff has now grown 1,887 acres with 10 percent containment. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, monsoon rain in the forecast has fire managers revising their strategy.

Rain has been falling across parts of the Flagstaff area this morning and at the scene of the Museum Fire…  which is now listed as the highest priority fire in the country with major resources and personnel going toward containment of the blaze.

Fire management officials have downsized the official estimated size of the footprint of the fire to 1,400 acres compared to Tuesday’s estimate of 1,800 acres. The Museum Fire is at 10% containment as of early Wednesday morning.

Ryan Heinsius

The Museum Fire continues to burn north of Flagstaff on more than a thousand acres with no containment. But managers say increased monsoon activity has helped limit the fire’s growth. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Updated Museum Fire Map

Jul 23, 2019

The Musuem Fire continues to burn on 1,800 acres north of Flagstaff in the Dry Lake Hills and near Mt. Elden. The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team released an updated map Tuesday morning of the burn area. For the most up-to-date information on the fire, see

The Museum fire north of Flagstaff had grown up to 1800 acres as of Monday night.

Authorities say about two dozen homes are under an evacuation order and thousands of people have been told to prepare to leave the area.  They have been encouraged to pack supplies for three days.

A little rain fell at the fire scene Monday and weather forecasters say more rain is expected in the area later today, but there also could be some gusty winds and that could shift the direction of the blaze.