Rafael Fire: firefighters prepare fire lines in & around the Loy Butte area

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Rafael Fire: firefighters prepare fire lines in & around the Loy Butte area

Rafael Fire: firefighters prepare fire lines in & around the Loy Butte area

The fire has moved north in Sycamore Canyon and is approaching Dorsey Springs. To the south, the fire is also established in the upper portions of Mooney and Secret Canyons, respectively.  Hand crews with support from aviation resources were able to check the growth in this location today. Fire crews began a firing operation in and around the Boy Scout Camp along Forest Roads to the east and west to create a containment line on the eastern and western edges of Sycamore Canyon.  On the southern portion of the fire, firefighters continue to prepare fire lines in and around the Loy Butte area in anticipation of the fire moving south out of the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness area and are assessing value at risk protection needs along the Forest and Private land interface south and east toward State Route 89A.   

Evacuation status as of 6 p.m. June 24 (Notifications are in place until status is rescinded or changed by each respective County Sheriff’s Office):  

“GO”–  in Coconino County, areas around Sycamore Canyon and South of Forest Service Road 535 off FS 231 (Sycamore Canyon) and Garland Prairie South. In Yavapai County, some rural ranches in the area of North FSR 525 and Bill Grey Road, West of Sedona (Loy Ranch).  A shelter for evacuees is set up at Sinagua Middle School at 3950 E. Butler in Flagstaff. 

“SET” – in Coconino County, areas around Camp Navajo, Garland Prairie North, Pine Aire Estates and residents in between. In Yavapai County, Bill Grey Road (Grey Ranch), FS Road 525 (Windmill ranch), and FS Road 152C and Bear Mountain Road (Bear Mountain). 

“READY” -– in Coconino County, all areas south of 1-40, west of I-17 including the following neighborhoods:  

Westwood Estates, Flagstaff Ranch (including W.L. Gore), Pine Del, Forest Highlands, Kachina Village, University Heights, Mountain del, and Equestrian Estates and in Yavapai County, the areas north of AZ-89A in West Sedona have been placed on “Ready” status.  

Notifications can change rapidly. Residents in areas affected by the fire should remain vigilant and be prepared to evacuate. Evacuation notifications are issued when danger is imminent and life threatening. 

Information about evacuation status can be found on the Coconino County Emergency Management’s

Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/coconinoEM/ 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)        

The Coconino National Forest has initiated a Forest Closure for the entire forest, effective 8 a.m. on June 23. Coconino National Forest – Alerts & Notices (usda.gov) 

The Kaibab National Forest has initiated a Forest Closure for the entire forest, effective 8 a.m. on June 23. Kaibab National Forest – Alerts & Notices (usda.gov) 

The Prescott National Forest will initiate a full Forest Closure effective Friday, June 25 at 8:00 a.m.  The forest will remain in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions until then,  Prescott National Forest – Alerts & Notices (usda.gov) 

All State Land is under Stage 2 restrictions effective 8 a.m. on June 11. All Arizona State Trust lands will be closed effective Friday, June 25 at 8:00 a.m.  Fire Restrictions and Closures Across Arizona | Department of Forestry and Fire Management (az.gov) 

Information Resources:
Fire Information Public Phone Line: (928) 421-4579 
Fire Information Media Phone Line: (928) 421-4983 
Email: [email protected] 
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7567/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RafaelFireInfo/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RafaelFireInfo/ 

Fire Details: 
Acres: 36,143 
Percent Containment: 0% 
Date/Time Detected: Friday, 06/18/2021 at 1927 MST 
Structures Damaged/Destroyed: 0 
Number of Personnel: 311 
Cause: Lightning 
Origin/Location: 4 miles north of Perkinsville  

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