Evacuation Notice Ordered For Museum Fire Burnout Operations

July 22, 2019

An emergency evacuation notice has been ordered for several locations near the Museum Fire in order for officials to conduct burnout operations to prevent the fire from entering the affected neighborhoods.


The Coconino County Sheriff ordered the evacuation notice for residents along Mount Elden Lookout Road. All within the area must be evacuated by 6pm tonight, Monday, July 22 until further notice.


Evacuation Areas:

  • Those who have businesses or work along Mount Elden Lookout Road

  • All residents east of Weatherford Road with access on Mount Elden Lookout Road

  • The recreational areas of Forest Road 420 to Highway 89 (Mount Elden Lookout)

  • Schultz Pass Road

The Coconino County Sheriff’s office is strongly urging those under the evacuation notice to leave their home or workplace immediately, to a safe destination that is outside of the area; follow instructions from emergency personnel, take emergency go kit and evacuate immediately to a shelter, family, or friends outside the area.


For those who need assistance with evacuation, contact the emergency call center at 928-213-2990.



  • The American Red Cross has set-up a shelter at Sinagua Middle School, 3950 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ

  • Pet Sheltering: please contact the Coconino Humane Association 

  • Large Animal Sheltering: please contact the call center at 928-213-2990.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is reminding people that if the evacuation notice is ignored, there is a possibility that emergency personnel may not be able to assist any further.



Coconino County Emergency Management Alert Map

Green: "GO" - under evacuation orders

Yellow: "Set" - be prepared for evacuation




Quick overview of the Museum Fire:


Acres: Approx. 1,000


Location: 1 mile north of Flagstaff


Started: July 21, 2019


Current resources: Seven engines, four fuels hand crews, three Interagency Hotshot Crews, three Type-1 helicopters, two Type-III helicopters, four heavy fixed wing aircraft, four single engine air tankers, an air attack aircraft, three lead aircraft, a very large air tanker (VLAT), six patrols, and miscellaneous overhead personnel. Total personnel: approximately 200.


Additional resources ordered: 10 Hotshot crews, 20 engines, six dozers, four water tenders


Predicted smoke impacts: Significant smoke will impact the Flagstaff area and communities east of Flagstaff. Smoke will settle in low lying areas of Flagstaff and surrounding areas during the cooler hours and lift as the day warms up.


Current closures: Little Elden Spring Campground, various trails within the fire area, and a portion of the Arizona Trail within the fire area, which will be rerouted as needed.



We will update this article if there are any changes to the evacuation notice.




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