The Office of the Governor of the State of Arizona

07/21/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/21/2019 19:56

Governor Ducey's Statement On The Museum Fire

PHOENIX - The Governor's Office is in close communication with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management as well as federal and local agencies as they work to contain the Museum Fire outside of Flagstaff.

Governor Ducey has been briefed on the situation and offered the following statement:

'Our office is in close contact with emergency officials as they work to contain the Museum Fire. My thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters and first responders working to protect Arizonans, their pets and their property. Thank you for your dedicated efforts. We will continue to monitor the situation and deploy additional resources as necessary. Arizonans and visitors in the area should be ready to respond to any evacuation notices.'

At this time, the Museum Fire has grown to approximately 400 acres. Coconino County has activated its Emergency Operations Center and issued an evacuation order for the recreational areas of Forest Rd. 420 to Hwy 89 (Mount Elden Lookout) and Schultz Pass Rd. to private land. Coconino County Sheriff's Search and Rescue is on-scene and assisting with the evacuation. A pre-evacuation notice has also been issued for the area of Forest Rd. 420 to Friedlein Prairie. If people see fire, they are asked to leave the area immediately.

A Red Cross Shelter has been opened at Sinaqua Middle School, 3950 E. Butler Ave. Flagstaff 86004.