Rafael Fire Grows Larger, But 11% Contained Featured

SW Area Type 1 Incident Management Team 2 June 27, 2021 254

Although the Rafael is 11% contained, it has grown to 62,376 acres.

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  • The Rafael Fire is over 62,000 acres
  • It is at 11% containment
  • No structures damaged or destroyed
  • 664 people are working on the fire
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Fire Information Public Phone Line: (928) 421-4579 

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7567/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RafaelFireInfo/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RafaelFireInfo/

Rafael Fire Morning Update – June 27, 2021

For information on evacuation status, and fire activity, there will be a virtual community meeting every day at 6 p.m. until further notice, on the IncidentFacebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RafaelFireInfo/

Acres: 62,376

Percent Containment: 11%

Date/Time Detected: Friday, 06/18/2021 at 1927 MST Structures Damaged/Destroyed: 0
Number of Personnel: 664

Cause: Lightning

Origin/Location: 4 miles north of Perkinsville

Yesterday crews finished the burnout operation, completing containment line from Turkey Butte lookout to the Boy Scout camp on the northeast edge of the fire. Today this line will be patrolled and mopped up. This operation was designed to prevent movement of the fire to the northeast toward Flagstaff, and other values at risk. Firefighters will continue a firing operation from White Horse Lake Recreation Site to JD Dam and west to Pine Flat, using forest roads as a fire break. Near the fire origin, crews will check the fire’s edge for hot spots and mop them up north to Government Canyon. On the south side of the fire, firefighters will continue hand line in Mooney Canyon, and structure protection specialists will continue to assess values at risk from Loy Canyon to Seven Canyons Resort. Approximately 10 miles of burning is left to contain the north end of the fire and crews will attempt to complete that operation today if weather conditions allow. Consequently, smoke is expected to be more noticeable, and may settle in low lying areas, such as Verde Valley and Prescott Valley, lifting by late morning. Smoke columns will be visible throughout the day as burning operations continue. Smoke forecasts are available at Wildfire Smoke Forecast | ADEQ Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (azdeq.gov) and https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/NorthCentralArizona. Today a BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) team will begin assessing fire impacts to soils and watersheds.

Evacuation status as of 6 a.m. June 27 (Notifications are in place until status is rescinded or changed by each respective

County Sheriff’s Office):

“GO” in Coconino County Sycamore Canyon and in Yavapai County, Loy Ranch.

American Red Cross (ARC) activated a shelter to support those who have been evacuated due to the fire. ARC Shelter is located at Sinagua Middle School, 3950 E. Butler Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86004.

“SET” – in Coconino County, Garland Prairie South and Garland Prairie North. In Yavapai County, Grey Ranch, Windmill Ranch and BearMountain.

“READY” -– in Coconino County, South of Williams, Sherwood Forest, Camp Navajo, West of I-17 south of 1-40, Westwood Estates, Flagstaff Ranch (including W.L. Gore), Mountain Dell, Pine Del, Forest Highlands, Kachina Village, University Heights, Equestrian Estates, Upper Oak Creek canyon, West Fork, Lower Oak Creek canyon and in Yavapai County, Sedona.

It’s fire season in Northern Arizona. All residents in Northern Arizona should be in Ready status.

Information about evacuation status can be found on the Coconino County Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/CoconinoCounty and at the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff/ Maps of evacuation status in Coconino County can be found at: Coconino County Situational Awareness Viewer (arcgis.com)

Full forest closures are in effect on the Kaibab National Forest, Coconino National Forest, and Prescott National Forest. Kaibab National Forest- Alerts & Notices (usda.gov). Coconino National Forest - Alerts & Notices (usda.gov)

Prescott National Forest - Alerts & Notices (usda.gov)

All Arizona State Trust lands are closed effective Friday, June 25 at 8:00 a.m. Fire Restrictions and Closures Across Arizona | Department ofForestry and Fire Management (az.gov)

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