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Museum Fire team issues final update

The team handling the Museum Fire, near Flagstaff, issued its final update to the public Friday. Sandbagging and other preparations have been taking place in anticipation of flooding in the burn-scar area. Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

The team handling the Museum Fire, near Flagstaff, issued its final update to the public Friday. Sandbagging and other preparations have been taking place in anticipation of flooding in the burn-scar area. Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

FLAGSTAFF -– The incident management team handling the Museum Fire issued its final update Friday.

The 1,961-acre Museum Fire is holding at 91 percent containment. The cause is still under investigation. Remaining crews continue to hold the containment line, mop-up as necessary and improve road conditions for emergency responder access. Resources assigned to the fire included one hotshot crew, one suppression module three engines; one helicopter and, one bulldozer.

The number of personnel assigned to the fire will continue to decrease with increased precipitation.

The Burned Area Emergency Response team continues assessing post-fire watershed conditions to determine the level of risk from potential flooding and debris flow from the Museum Fire.

Thursday, the BAER team’s geologist, a member of the University of Arizona’s Arizona Geological Survey, used geomorphic data collected after the Schultz fire along with data from preliminary Museum Fire field mapping to assess debris flow hazards. This helps land managers understand the potential for post-fire debris flows. Post-fire debris flows scour channels, transporting sediment and debris downstream.

The BAER team presents these findings and treatment recommendations to the Forest Supervisor as part of their assessment report which identifies immediate and emergency stabilization actions needed to address potential post-fire risks to human life and safety, property, cultural and critical natural resources on National Forest System lands.

Visitors to the Coconino National Forest are encouraged to know before you go by visiting Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/map/6450/0/93533 to view a map of the Museum Fire Public Safety Closure area.

Residents of Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff are urged to sign up for emergency notifications at coconino.az.gov/ready. The Coconino County Emergency Call Center is open daily from 8 AM to 6 PM at 928-213-2990.

Any future updates will be posted to the Coconino National Forest Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CoconinoNF/ and Twitter @CoconinoNF.

Information about post-fire rehabilitation work and the Burned Area Emergency Response assessment efforts will be available at the Museum Fire BAER Inciweb page at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6482/

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