Information on Museum Fire

Fire as seen from NAU
Messages from President Cheng regarding the Museum Fire:

July 22, 2019–5:15 p.m.

I’m sending this message to keep you informed about NAU’s involvement with the Museum Fire. 

NAU is working closely with the city, county, and U.S. Forest Service to support our partner agencies and the residents of the communities affected by the Museum Fire. We are currently on standby to host the public transportation system on NAU’s campus, in case their facility is evacuated. Our campus bus system is also ready to assist with evacuations. 

Our emergency management teams are coordinating with the city, county, and the American Red Cross to provide temporary shelter services as needed.

I’m proud that our campus community is stepping up to help our friends and neighbors in this time of need. 

July 22, 2019–12:59 p.m.

As I’m sure you are aware, the Museum Fire in the Dry Lake Hills area, about a mile north of Flagstaff, is reported to be more than 1,000 acres in size and continues to grow.

Some of you may be personally affected by the fire or have a concern for your property or family. We understand that this fire can affect your daily lives, and we are here to ensure you have the support you need. Please contact your supervisor if you are concerned or need to address personal matters related to this fire.

We are thankful that the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA), and Coconino County and Flagstaff City officials are actively involved in combatting this fire, informing the public of its status, and protecting our public health and safety. NAU’s Emergency Manager and our NAU Police Department also are involved and are prepared to help as needed.

Please stay informed by following official social media sites such as the Coconino County website, Facebook, and Twitter; City of Flagstaff Facebook and Twitter; and the U.S. Forest Service Facebook and Twitter. A call center has been activated for people with questions and can be reached at (928) 213-2990.

If you haven’t already, please consider signing up for emergency notifications for evacuation and other notices at

Thank you for all you do for NAU and the community.
NAU Communications