Forest officials are temporarily closing some roads and recreation facilities on the Tonto National Forest due to heavy rain and flowing washes. Please avoid low-lying water crossings, and watch for debris on roads. Obey all warnings issued by Forest, County, and State officials. Roads and gates on the Tonto National Forest will remain closed until water recedes, and conditions can be assessed. The purpose of these closures is for public and employee safety, as well as reducing resource damage.
A local Type 3 organization led by Incident Commander Preston Mercer will assume command of the Museum Fire today at 6 PM. The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team 2, led by Incident Commander Rich Nieto, has made solid progress containing the fire and will continue mop-up, suppression repair, and cooling hot spots today.
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.
Fire Activity: Recent rains have significantly decreased activity within the fire’s perimeter. Hot spots are still located within the interior, but no heat has been detected along the perimeter’s edge.
Coconino County Public Works Crews re-opened Brandis Way after a closure July 18. All county roads are open; however, motorists should use caution when traveling through the area because debris and operating equipment may present hazards.
County Public Works crews closed Brandis Way due to an extraordinary event, with almost six inches of rain in less than two hours, that caused debris flows and water over the roadway on July 18. Debris obstructed one of the culverts, diverting water and debris onto the road and rendering it impassable.
Coconino County has activated an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to coordinate emergency response operations due to heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding this afternoon in the Schultz Flood area.
County Public Works crews closed Brandis Way due to significant water over the roadway. Debris obstructed one of the culverts, diverting water and debris onto the road and rendering it impassable. Public Works has crews on scene and has begun assessment of the damage and clean-up will commence as soon as it’s safe to enter.
Within the past 96 hours, North Zone fire personnel, consisting of firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service, responded jointly to 17 lightning-caused wildfire ignitions located on both the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and adjacent North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.
The Greater Phoenix Chapter of the American Red Cross has CLOSED the cooling centers located in Buckeye at the City of Buckeye Coyote Library, 21699 W. Yuma Road, Suite 116; and the one in Mesa at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 940 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ.
Persons needing emergency assistance due to the monsoon storms may call the Red Cross at 1-800-842-7349.
The Pine Hollow wildfire received significant moisture yesterday, and as a result rain showers moderated fire behavior on the lightning-caused fire resulting in no growth in the last 24 hours. However, as the weekend approaches a drying trend is forecasted for the Kaibab Plateau, and with that trend fire managers anticipate smoke sightings to increase.
Fire personnel also responded to three new lightning-caused fires within the last 48 hours. There has been a total of 10 new lightning-caused starts on the North Zone within the last two weeks.