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The Rafael Fire: Final Briefing

The Rafael Fire: Final Briefing
June 26
02:49 2021

Fire Information Public Phone Line: (928) 421-4579

Fire Information Media Phone Line: (928) 421-4983

Email: [email protected]




FINAL: Rafael Fire Media Briefings

In response to diminishing interest in daily media briefings for the Rafael Fire (which is a good thing), we will no longer be offering a scheduled daily media briefing at 7:30 A.M.

Several Public Information Officers will continue to be available for our media partners on demand throughout the duration of SWAIMT2’s assignment to the incident. We are available for interviews in person, via Zoom, by telephone. We can also come to you. Just reach out.

We are willing to host future fireline tours on demand, but may not have the opportunity to offer shots of firefighters and flames, as we may be moving into a mop up and suppression repair mode. That being said, we are glad to discuss some of the successes from the Rafael Fire, both in the fire fight, and from the decades of preparation work that has gone into planning and treating the forest for large scale fires moving into the communities.

Our Media Information Phone Line is 928-421-4983. Email is [email protected].

Thanks for all your help spreading the word about this and other fires impacting the western states.

Bill Morse. SWAIMT2 PIO

Rafael Fire Update – June 28, 2021 

 Rafael Fire Evening Update –June 27, 2021

For information on evacuation status, and fire activity, there will be a virtual community meeting every day at 6 p.m. until further notice, on the Incident Facebook page: 

Acres: 76,322

Percent Containment: 48%

Date/Time Detected:Friday, 06/18/2021 at 1927 MST

Structures Damaged/Destroyed: 0

Number of Personnel: 633

Cause: Lightning

Origin/Location: 4 miles north of Perkinsville

Firefighters have completed a firing operation from White Horse Lake Recreation Site to JD Dam and west towards Wagner Hill, using forest roads as a fire break. Aerial ignitions were utilized to provide depth along roads and along the edge of Sycamore Canyon. This will create a backing fire which will limit burn severity to soils and vegetation in Sycamore Canyon.  This completes the large burning operations that were designed to halt fire progression to the north.

Smoke is expected to decrease significantly from the fire in the coming days.  Smoke forecasts are available at Wildfire Smoke Forecast |

ADEQ ArizonaDepartment of Environmental Quality( 


Crews mopped up and patrolled along the previous days’ burnout from Turkey Butte lookout to the Boy Scout camp on the northeast edge of the fire. This operation was designed to prevent movement of the fire to the northeast toward Flagstaff, and other values at risk. Near the fire origin, crews mopped up hot spots north to Government Canyon. On the south side of the fire, helirappelers were utilized to contain a hotspot below Casner Mountain and firefighters continued hand line in Mooney Canyon, and structure protection specialists assessed protection measures for values at risk from Loy Canyon to Seven Canyons Resort. Today a BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) team began assessing fire impacts to soils and watersheds on the west side of the fire.

Evacuation statusas of 6 p.m. June 27 (Notifications are in place until status is rescinded or changed by each respective

County Sheriff’s Office):

“GO” in Coconino County Sycamore Canyon and in Yavapai County, Loy Ranch.

American Red Cross (ARC) activated a shelter to support those who have been evacuated due to the fire. ARC Shelter is located at Sinagua Middle School, 3950 E. Butler Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86004.

“SET” – in Coconino County, Garland Prairie South and Garland Prairie North. In Yavapai County, Grey Ranch, Windmill Ranch and Bear Mountain. 

“READY” -– in Coconino County, South of Williams, Sherwood Forest, Camp Navajo, West of I-17 south of I-40, Westwood Estates, Flagstaff Ranch (including W.L. Gore), Mountain Dell, Pine Del, Forest Highlands, Kachina Village, University Heights, Equestrian Estates, Upper Oak Creek canyon, West Fork, Lower Oak Creek Canyon and in Yavapai County, Sedona. 

It’s fire season in Northern Arizona. Residents in Northern Arizona should be Ready.

Information about evacuation status can be found on the Coconino County Facebook page at: and at the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page at:  Maps of evacuation status in Coconino County can be found at: Coconino County Situational Awareness Viewer ( 

Full forest closures are in effect on the Kaibab National Forest, Coconino National Forest, and Prescott National Forest  

 Coconino National Forest – Alerts &Notices (   

Kaibab NationalForest – Alerts& Notices ( 

and Prescott National Forest – Alerts & Notices (

All Arizona State Trust lands are closed effective Friday, June 25 at 8:00 a.m.

Fire Restrictions and Closures Across Arizona | Department of Forestry and Fire Management (



The Rafael Fire: Final Briefing - overview

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