Fire Season 2021

Ryan Heinsius / KNAU

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests fully closed to all visitors Thursday morning because of extreme fire danger and limited firefighting resources.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has issued a SET alert for all residents in the area of Bill Gray Road, FS 525, 152C and Bear Mountain Road north of AZ-89A as the Rafael Fire advances.

This is not an evacuation order, but a preparedness alert. Everyone in the SET zone should be prepared to evacuate if necessary. Officials say to pack emergency items, medications, important documents, extra pet food and water.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

Officials say the Rafael Fire burning southwest of Flagstaff could have grown to as many as 35,000 acres Tuesday with no containment yet reported. Crews, however, weren’t able to generate an accurate infrared map because of cloud cover Tuesday night. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Several major wildfires continue to burn in the northern half of state, and national forests close public access due to extreme fire danger. Here are the latest updates:


Sedona Fire District

The lightning-caused Rafael Fire has so far burned more than 37 square miles with no containment reported, according to the most recent data from Coconino National Forest officials and InciWeb.

Multiple Flagstaff area communities remain in “SET” status for potential evacuation, including Kachina Village, University Heights, Mountain Dell, Pine Del,  Forest Highland, Woody Mountain Road south of I-40, Garland Prairie and Pine Aire Estates. Several ranches west of Sedona remain on mandated evacuation, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.