June 22, 2010:
Hardy Fire update: According to Coconino County, “The Arizona Incident Management Team and Flagstaff Fire Department reports the Hardy Fire is 80 percent contained. Full containment is expected by this weekend or sooner.” Flagstaff Fire Department will assume management of the Hardy Fire tomorrow morning.
See latest Schultz Fire update along with new photos of the fire and the firefighters:
Flagstaff wildfire update, Schultz Fire grows quickly, 800 firefighters battle blaze (new pictures)
At 5:00 a.m. no new size estimate yet this morning for the Schultz Fire which was at 10,000 acres last evening. 800 firefighters, with more on the way, are making a little progress with 10% containment.
An overflight to do infrared imaging of the fire was planned last evening.
Officials say the Schultz Fire was human-caused by an abandoned campfire and are asking for the public’s help. Anyone who might have been in the Schultz Tank area over the weekend and has any information is asked to call the Coconino National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 928-527-3600.
Flagstaff Mayor Sara Presler says she received a phone call from the White House staff yesterday, checking in and offering support as needed.
June 21, 2010:
5:00 p.m. update from Forest Service says Schultz Fire now at 10,000 acres.
At 4:00 p.m. Coconino National Forest update says Schultz Fire now at almost 9,000 acres with 0% containment. However no structures have been lost. More than 400 firefighters are battling the blaze.
In addition U.S. Forest Service has issued an emergency fire closure for the area of the Schultz
Fire. See map and closure order PDF.
At 2:00 p.m., wind is picking up, currently 23 mph with gusts 33 mph. Tankers are grounded and evacuations extended. Read more …
10:50 a.m. New fire being reported 10 miles northwest of Flagstaff, off Hwy 180. This fire has been suppressed.
At 9:50 a.m. Highlights from Coconino National Forest briefing: Schultz Fire is now at 8,800 acres. 360 firefighters on line, with more than 50 on the management team.
At 8:55 a.m. Mayor reports that Hardy Fire is 30% contained, with 150 personnel still working it. As reported yesterday, all evacuations lifted for Hardy Fire only.
Map of the Schultz Fire size and location thanks to Coconino County.
Night photo (2:45 a.m. this morning)
Morning panorama (5:11 a.m.)
Schultz Fire pictures added to slide show below or go now. (6;45 a.m.)
June 20, 2010 update: For a time today there were four fires burning.
Third Flagstaff fire started and suppressed:
It did burn long enough to have a name, the Ranch Fire, but according to Kimberly Ott, Flagstaff city spokeswoman, it has now been put out. (6:00 p.m.)
At 3:35 p.m. local time, Mayor Sara Presler just tweeted “A third [4th in Northern Arizona] fire in now at West Route 66 and Flag Ranch Road. Helicopter dropping on it now. Stay tuned. Stay calm. Be prepared.”
A helicopter can be heard making passes over west Flagstaff. More …
See pictures of Hardy and Schultz fires in slide show below or go now.
7:00 p.m. update – Coconino National Forest says 8 air tankers working Schultz Fire this evening (out of 19 aircraft available nationally.)
6:00 p.m. update – Mayor says Schultz Fire is at 3,000 acres with exreme fire behavior. On the job are 300 firefighters, 4 helicopters, and 8 air tankers. Winds gusting to 50 mph caused tankers to be grounded at 3:00 p.m.
At 12:40 p.m. today, a third fire is now burning, this one in the Schultz Pass area about six miles north of downtown Flagstaff. Evacuations from Mayor Sara Pressler.
Reverse 911 Ready Coconino – Call Emergency Ops Cntr at 888-679-8393. Please refrain from calling 911 unless required.
Amazing Schultz Fire picture.
At 3:00 p.m. today, according to Coconino National Forest, Sunset Crater National Monument visitors and employees have been evacuated. Spot fire reported near the monument.
Northbound Hwy 89 is closed at Silver Saddle Road. Southbound Hwy 89 is closed two and half miles north of Sunset Crater.
Afternoon update: Sinagua Heights & Forest Dale, Herold Ranch can return home. Hardy Fire is 30% contained. All standby evacuations are lifted with Hardy only.
The morning fire briefing just concluded. Kimberly Ott, spokesperson for the City of Flagstaff, said that the fire laid down overnight as winds calmed and the temperature fell. However, neighborhood evacuations remain in effect for Sinagua Heights and Herold Ranch. The Little America Hotel was allowed to reopen last evening, but is on standby to re-evacuate. Neighborhoods on stand-by include the Foxglenn, the Continental Country Club neighborhood and Amberwood.
The official estimate puts the wildfire at 350 acres. A map of the Hardy Fire, showing location and size, is available in PDF from the city website. Ott also stated that the large power lines in the area have not been touched by the fire. Power has not been affected in any neighborhoods.
The wind is beginning to pick up already this morning, so firefighters will again be on alert for flare-ups and spotting. The forecast for Flagstaff shows expected wind gusts of 30-35 mph as the day progresses.
An Arizona State Incident Management Team has taken over firefighter operations as of this morning. 150 people are working the fire, including two hot shot crews and 18 engines.
June 19, 2010 – Wildfire season is here. Two wildfires are currently burning near Flagstaff, Arizona. The Hardy Fire started shortly after noon today in southeast Flagstaff just behind the Little America Hotel. The hotel has been evacuated, as well as the Sinagua Heights and Herold Ranch subdivisions. The Humane Society had to move animals from its southeast location.
Two air tankers from the Forest Service and helicopters are fighting the blaze which has forced the closure of three off-ramps on I-40. Butler Avenue east of the hotel is also closed. Smoke is impacting travelers on I-40. Firefighters are defending neighborhoods that have been evacuated and those that are on standby for evacuation orders. The AZ Daily Sun reports that residents in the southeast neighborhoods of Foxglenn, Continental and Amberwood have received emergency telephone notification that they, too, might be evacuated.
Of major concern is the vulnerability of large power lines in the area of the fire. Flagstaff residents may see power outages tonight.
Wind and low humidity are factors in the spread of this fire which has already burned 200 acres. On Saturday evening wind is currently from the SSW at 19 mph with gusts of 25 mph. Humidity is at 13%.
The Hardy Fire is very visible from Lowell Observatory on Mars Hill as well as many other locations around the city.
The second wildfire is the Eagle Rock Fire which has burned about 3,400 acres and is 40% contained. It is located 11 miles northeast of Williams, AZ and is visible to travelers headed to the Grand Canyon.
An emergency operations center has been established to ensure coordinated resources. The public can call 1-888-679-8393.
City of Flagstaff Hardy Fire emergency information.
This is a breaking story which will be updated as information is available.
8:05 p.m. local time: Wind has died down a bit, with no gusting and humidity is slowly rising.
8:30 p.m. updated to add video
10:15 p.m. fire size has increased to 400+ acres.
Video Credit: 12News Phoenix