Yesterday, containment of the Museum Fire reached 61%, extending the established containment line south of Dry Lake Hills east to Mount Elden Lookout Road and Brookbank Trail. Firing operations were conducted on the slopes of Little Elden Mountain to manage interior pockets of active fire.
Crews are engaging in mop-up operations along containment lines to extinguish all heat sources near the fires’ edge. The goal of mop-up is to reinforce firelines and reduce residual smoke by extinguishing or removing burning material along or near the line, felling snags, or moving logs so they won't roll down steep slopes. Firefighters carefully inspect containment lines to detect and put out any remaining hotspots.
Firefighters completed chipping excess fuel loads along Schultz Pass Road and Little Elden Springs Road as a part of suppression repair. The objective of suppression repair is to mitigate damages to resources, land, and facilities caused by fire suppression activities, and to return the affected area to pre-wildfire management activity conditions as practical.
Weather continues to be hot and dry, with humidity percentage plunging to the high teens which will increase fire activity. By Tuesday, monsoon moisture is predicted, bringing lower temperatures, increased humidity, and higher probability for thunderstorms.
The Coconino National Forest Flagstaff Ranger District Closure Order remains in effect. Be sure to know before you go by visiting the Museum Fire at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6450/ for a map of the closure area.
Mount Elden Estates remains in “Set” status. The Coconino County Emergency Call Center continues to be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 928-213-2990 to support communication related to Museum Fire response and flooding risk.
IF YOU FLY, WE CAN’T. DRONES ARE NOT ALLOWED OVER THE FIRE AND CAN IMPEDE FIRE SUPPRESSION EFFORTS.