Fire activity was minimal this morning, but early afternoon, increased temperatures and wind speed combined with decreased humidity caused flareups on Little Elden Mountain. Air support provided water drops to cool the active fire areas. Increased fire activity is expected to continue in other areas of the fire, producing smoke within the fire perimeter, but growth is not anticipated. Smoke should dissipate toward the northeast but will be visible from Flagstaff.
Crews continue to work close to the fire’s edge, going direct in some areas, where safe to do so. Steep slopes west of Oldham Park and Little Elden Mountain make those sections of line difficult for ground crews and equipment to access safely. Crews continue to conduct suppression repair on Schultz Pass Road and Elden Lookout Road to the lookout for firefighter access.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team continued collecting data and assessing the fire area today. There are a variety of emergency stabilization techniques that the BAER team could recommend for the burned area of the Museum Fire. Reseeding of ground cover or mulching with straw or chipped wood are some common hillslope stabilization techniques. The team also will assess the need to modify road and trail drainage mechanisms. Options include installing debris traps, modifying or removing culverts to allow drainage to flow freely, adding additional drainage dips and constructing emergency spillways to keep roads and bridges from washing out during floods.
The Coconino National Forest Closure Order remains in effect, but the fire is not impacting recreation events occurring outside closed areas. Visit Discover Flagstaff for opportunities in the area. For your safety and the safety of firefighters, the public is not allowed in the fire area. Please visit the Museum Fire InciWeb page for a map of open trails and recreation areas.
Use extreme caution driving, and be on the lookout for firefighters and equipment on the roads.
Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff encourage residents to sign up for emergency notifications at coconino.az.gov/ready. The emergency call center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 928-213-2990.