Coconino County EOC Wildfire Response Updates

Sandy Casariego
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COCONINO, AZ — The Coconino County Emergency Management has launched an Emergency Operations Center, or EOC, as a response to the Rafael Fire in the county.

The latest update shows that the fire has burned 62,3726 acres of area. The cause of the fire is lightning that strikes an area four miles north of Perkinsville. There are no building structures damaged, and 664 personnel has been deployed to handle the fire.

The containment line construction has reached 11 percent, with bulldozers constructing the containment line around Whitehorse lake. Firefighter crews are working in Mooney Canyon, which has disadvantageous terrain.

The EOC's Type 1 team is now fighting the fire in many locations throughout Flagstaff and its surrounding areas, including the Downtown Visitors Center, Heritage Square and the Sunday and Wednesday Community Markets. There will also be public information officers to show the mapping area and answer the questions from citizens.

The CCEM will host a live virtual community meeting every evening at 6:00 p.m. hosted by Type 1 Southwest Area Incident Management Team 2. The meeting will be streamed at

The American Red Cross or ARC is providing shelter for those who have been affected by the fire. The shelter is located at Sinagua Middle School, 3950 E. Butler Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86004.

Residents who are displaced due to the closures of the National Forest can contact Flagstaff Shelter Services at 928-225-2533 for sheltering resources.

The Flagstaff Shelter Services is located at 4185 E Huntington Drive. The service also provides an area to park refugees' cars or RV, bathrooms, showers, and food all week long.

For more information about the Rafael Fire, please call 928.679.8647 (from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.).

Visit for further Rafael Fire updates.

Visit for smoke outlook information.

Visit for Ready-Set-Go Evacuation Status map.

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