Flagstaff Wildfires – Three Fires in Flagstaff Have Forced the Evacuation of 2,100 Homes
Flagstaff was evacuated after a recent wildfire. As of Monday, three separate fires in the city have spread through 30 miles of land. Two fires were started by lightning. The third fire was started by a man who lit toilet paper. The flames have mostly spared most residences, but they also destroyed one.
Two other fires are currently threatening the area. The Pipeline Fire has burned nearly 23,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 2,500 houses. Another fire, the Haywire Fire has scorched 5,065 acres but is still 27% contained. Both fires are still a concern, but firefighting efforts are going well.
On Sunday, parts of State Highway 89 were closed north from Flagstaff. However, the road has since reopened between mileposts 426 and 433. Another fire, the Tunnel Fire, has forced hundreds of Flagstaff residents to evacuate their homes. The fire started April 17 and has burned about 19,000 acres. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, there are currently 38 large wildfires burning in four states. There are about 6,700 wildland firefighters working to combat the fires.
As the fires continue to spread, the Navajo Nation is offering its support to residents and businesses in the area. Two Navajo Nation casinos will also be open to provide emergency lodging for tribal members. In addition, the American Red Cross Arizona has set up a temporary shelter at the Sinagua Middle School.
Flagstaff has announced restrictions on outdoor burning. This includes restrictions on smoking in public places, and restrictions on propane grill use. The Urban Trail system has been shut down by the city during red flag days. The City is currently dealing with two wildfires in the area – the Pipeline Fire in the San Francisco Peaks is currently 36 square miles and the Haywire Fire, which is at 5,000 acres.
Two fires that erupted near the Navajo Nation earlier this week had burned more than 25,000 acres. As of 8 p.m., six hundred firefighters were working on two separate fires, the Pipeline Fire, which has about 31% containment, and the Haywire Fire, which has spread to five hundred acres, is at zero percent containment. According to Navajo Nation officials, 2,195 people were forced to evacuate, while another 2,641 people were placed on pre-evacuation status.
Fires in Flagstaff have impacted more than 9,000 acres, and the damage to the landscape has been extensive. The cost of suppression and recovery will be significant. The risk of wildfire debris flows and flash flooding increases due to the damage that fires can cause to the landscape. In recent years, flash flooding has led to multiple deaths in the state.
The best way to protect your property and your family from fires is to get fire safety training. During this training, you’ll learn how to use portable fire extinguishers. They are a great tool to keep around your home and workplace. Portable fire extinguishers come in a wheeled or fixed unit, which makes them easy to move and use. To ensure that fire extinguishers are working properly, they should be inspected every year.