FLAGSTAFF – A fire that broke out Sunday morning six miles north of Flagstaff prompted rapid evacuations and spread with high winds.
Named Pipeline Fire, it was reported at 10:15 a.m. by a fire watcher. It spread in all directions. The areas from Schultz Pass Road to Snowbowl (Wupatki Trails, Girls Ranch, and Fernwood) and Timberline have been brought into working order, and the Coconino National Forest has asked anyone in that area to leave.
The Mt. Eldon Road area is on “defined” status, as is Doney Park.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, US 89 is closed in both directions, with no estimate of when it will reopen.
As of 8 p.m. Sunday, the fire was estimated at 4,000 to 5,000 acres and had been pushed more than 15 miles by high winds throughout the day. It’s just southwest of the old Tunnel Fire.
According to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call at 11 a.m. reporting a fire off Snowbowl Road and giving a description of a white pickup truck seen leaving the area of the fire. Deputies found and stopped the truck and detained the 57-year-old driver until federal law enforcement officers from the US Forest Service arrived.
USFS agents arrested the man and incarcerated him in the CCSO Detention Center on charges related to natural resource violations.
“The investigation into the cause of the pipeline fire is ongoing and, in order to protect the integrity of the investigation, we cannot discuss any details of the investigation,” the patrol captain said. law enforcement, Andy Pederson.
According to the USFS, there are currently 13 engines, nine crews, six preventive patrol units, three bulldozers and one water supply vessel assigned, which includes about 270 personnel.
Currently, the Red Cross shelter is located at:
• Sinagua High School in Flagstaff
• An animal shelter is set up at Fort Tut-Hill
• The call center is at (928) 679-8525
• For special circumstances, escorts to and from properties in the evacuated areas will be available from the East Valley Baptist Church at 10655 NUS 89, tonight until 9:30 p.m. and beginning again Monday, June 13 at 9:00 a.m.