Rafael Fire at 39,641 acres, evacuation orders remain in place
WILLIAMS, Ariz. – Fire crews continued burning operations until early evening along road systems north, east and west of Sycamore Canyon for the Rafael Fire.
The fire grew to 39,641 acres as of June 25 and is zero percent contained.
Crews will continue prepping fire lines by reducing fuels through thinning and removal in and around White Horse Lake on the Kaibab National Forest and along forest roads on the Coconino National Forest.
As the firing operations continue, the public can expect to see more smoke over the weekend.
Firefighters will scout for fire line locations on the northwest end of the fire today near Government Canyon and Wagner Hill. On the east end crews will scout for and prepare containment lines for firing operations in Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness, and structure protection specialists will identify values at risk in Sedona area. On the south side near Mooney Canyon, firefighters will monitor the retardant line from yesterday’s burn out operation.
Evacuation status for communities as of 6 a.m. June 25
Notifications are in place until status is rescinded or changed by each respective County Sheriff’s Office
Go in Coconino County, areas around Sycamore Canyon and South of Forest Service Road 535 off FS 231 (Sycamore Canyon) and Garland Prairie South. In Yavapai County, some rural ranches in the area of North FSR 525 and Bill Grey Road, West of Sedona (Loy Ranch). A shelter for evacuees is set up at Sinagua Middle School at 3950 E. Butler in Flagstaff.
Set in Coconino County, areas around Camp Navajo, Garland Prairie North, Pine Aire Estates and residents in between. In Yavapai County, Bill Grey Road (Grey Ranch), FS Road 525 (Windmill Ranch), and FS Road 152C and Bear Mountain Road (Bear Mountain).
Ready in Coconino County, all areas south of I-40, west of I-17 including the following neighborhoods:
Westwood Estates, Flagstaff Ranch (including W.L. Gore), Pine Del, Forest Highlands, Kachina Village, University Heights, Mountain del, and Equestrian Estates and in Yavapai County, the areas north of AZ-89A in West Sedona have been placed on “Ready” status.
Notifications can change rapidly. Residents in areas affected by the fire should remain vigilant and be prepared to evacuate. Evacuation notifications are issued when danger is imminent and life threatening.
Information about evacuation status can be found on the Coconino County Emergency Management’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/coconinoEM/ and at the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff/
Maps of evacuation status in Coconino County can be found at: Coconino County Situational Awareness Viewer (arcgis.com)
Full forest closures are in effect on the Kaibab National Forest, Coconino National Forest, and Prescott National Forest. Kaibab National Forest - Alerts & Notices (usda.gov). Coconino National Forest - Alerts & Notices (usda.gov)
Prescott National Forest - Alerts & Notices (usda.gov)
All State Land is under Stage 2 restrictions effective 8 a.m. on June 11. All Arizona State Trust lands will be closed effective Friday, June 25 at 8:00 a.m. Fire Restrictions and Closures Across Arizona | Department of Forestry and Fire Management (az.gov)
For information on evacuation status, and fire activity, there will be a virtual community meeting every day at 6 p.m. until further notice, on the Incident Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RafaelFireInfo/