Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) officials confirmed that fleas collected in the Doney Park area, northeast of Flagstaff, have tested positive for plague (Yersinia pestis). Last week fleas collected in the Red Lake area, approximately five miles northeast of Williams, tested positive for plague. The tests were conducted by the Center for Pathogen and Microbiome Institute at Northern Arizona University.

Smoke from the Goodwin Fire on the Prescott National Forest is moving through Flagstaff and other northern Arizona areas.

The Goodwin Fire grew to 20,644 acres today. It responded to critical weather and fuel conditions yesterday, and despite exemplary work on the ground continues to burn and expand.

The smoke from the fire is being pushed by southwest Red Flag condition winds, furthering the difficulty in suppressing this fire.

For the safety of residents evacuations and pre-evacuations have been ordered. 

Evacuations have been ordered for:

Coconino National Forest firefighters responded to a human-caused wildfire southwest of Fort Tuthill near its archery range around 4 p.m. today, which is producing thick smoke and the smoke is visible to those in the Flagstaff area, travelers near the junction of Interstate 40 and I-17.

Firefighters responded to the Power Fire with several engines, patrols, a hotshot crew, a water tender, an initial attack aircraft and helicopter being dispatched to a fire burning in about a 1.5 acres of forest land.

Name: Boundary Fire

Reported: June 1, 2017

Cause: Lightning

Containment: 80%

After heavy smoke in Flagstaff on Friday, the area got

Size: 14,854 acres Resources: 332 personnel Containment increases, Flagstaff gets a break from heavy smoke

a reprieve early today. The air this morning was cleaner than expected in the most-populated areas of the region.

The  Boundary Fire is approximately 30 percent contained and is estimated at 8,622 acres.  Monday afternoon, forecasted isolated thunderstorms brought gusty winds and light precipitation to the Boundary Fire. Crews made a big stride today securing private property parcels and fire lines which increased containment from 18 percent to 30 percent. Cloud cover and increased relative humidity allowed fire to move along the ground, promoting healthy consumption of dead and down fuel returning nutrients to the soil.

Coconino National Forest firefighters responded to a human-caused wildfire northeast of Fort Valley near Freidlein Prairie this morning at approximately 7 a.m.

The response included several engines, patrols, a hotshot crew and a tender water truck being dispatched to a fire burning in about a half-acre of forest land. Firefighters stopped all forward progression of the fire and are mopping up the edges of the fire currently.

The Boundary fire is approximately 7,367 acres and is estimated at 18 percent contained.   Overnight light north winds pushed smoke into some communities around Flagstaff with most of the smoke dispersing before dawn. As Sunday progresses, northeast winds are expected to push smoke toward Williams and Bellemont. Individuals sensitive to smoke may want to stay indoors to avoid smoke impacts. Firefighter, public safety, and ecosystem health remain the top priorities for fire managers while keeping the fire within the planning area.


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