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Acres: 6,634 acres (based on infrared data)          Start Date: June 10, 2017

Cause: Unknown, under investigation                    Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar

Containment: 76%                                                          Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine

Total personnel: 1,224                                                   and mixed conifer

Coming soon: Spectacular sunsets and brief heat relief from monsoon moisture.

Also coming soon: Low- or no-visibility on roadways caused by dust storms.

Monsoon season is returning to Arizona and during Monsoon Awareness Week, June 12-16, the Arizona Department of Transportation is reminding drivers how to stay safe on roadways when dust storms arrive.

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. 

On May 9th at 9:00 am, The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit responded to a report of a hypothermic adult male hiker on top of Mt. Elden. The weather at the time was moderate to heavy snow with approximately 3-5 inches of snow on the ground. The US Forest Service was contacted by the Sheriff’s Office to determine if the Elden Lookout Tower was staffed. It was determined that a lookout was at the tower and he was asked to look for the hiker near the base of the tower.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. that covers the entire Kaibab National Forest, the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest, as well as much of Arizona, due to strong winds and low relative humidity.

With light snow in the forecast heading into a long weekend, winter recreation areas along US 180 near Flagstaff are likely to attract heavy traffic that leads to delays.

Those planning to visit snow-play areas along US 180 over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend should leave prepared to spend extended time in winter weather – and to face traffic backlogs getting back to Flagstaff that increase as the day goes on.

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