The Southwest Area Incident Management Team #2 (IMT), led by Incident Commander Rich Nieto, will arrive tomorrow afternoon and is planning to take over management of the fire at approximately 6 p.m.
The Museum Fire, located about a mile north of Flagstaff (Latitude/Longitude: 35°15'47.3"N 111°38'19.2"W), was reported at about 5 acres at 10:53 a.m. this morning. The fire has grown quickly and is currently estimated at 400 acres.
Smoke will be visible from Flagstaff and other local communities. The public should use extreme caution when driving on U.S. Highways 180 and 89 north of Flagstaff as firefighting vehicles, personnel, and equipment will frequently be using those roads as they fight the fire.
Evacuation information is handled by Coconino County Emergency Management and conducted by the Sheriff's Office. The Emergency Management Call Center can be reached at (928) 213-2990.
Updates about the Museum Fire, acreage, and latest activity can be found on Inciweb, and quick updates will be posted on the Coconino National Forest Twitter and Facebook social media sites. When the IMT arrives, they will assume responsibilities of keeping the public and media informed about the Museum Fire, and an update will be sent out regarding contact information for the IMT's public information office.