Red Flag

The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for Monday, April 16 for all of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests due to strong winds and low relative humidity.

Only the National Weather Service can issue a Red Flag Warning. The term Red Flag Warning is used by fire weather forecasters to alert fire personnel and the public of potential extreme and critical fire weather due to high winds and low relative humidity. Red Flag Warnings are issued when the ALL of the following criteria are met:

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:

Incident Overview

Rucker Fire was ignited June 7 by a lightning strike. It is burning on the Douglas Ranger District, Coronado National Forest. Fire is burning actively in grass and brush. Strategy is full suppression. The fire transitioned to a type 3 incident management team today, and will transition to a type 2 incident tomorrow.


The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce it will continue its practice of displaying a red flag at the entrance to the parking lot of the Law Enforcement Administrative Facility (911 E Sawmill Rd, Flagstaff) whenever Red Flag Warnings are in effect for the area. The flying of this red flag is an adoption of the nationwide Red Flag Warnings that are issued by the National Weather Service and meant to inform the public about the fire conditions. 

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