Staying up-to-date on the Rafael Fire

With a dry climate, high temperatures and gusty winds, northern Arizona is especially susceptible to wildfires. It’s important for those living in Flagstaff and the surrounding communities to know where to find updated information and the resources the city and county offer.

Due to the Rafael Fire, it is increasingly important that residents familiarize themselves with the Ready, Set, Go! Wildfire Action Plan.

    • Ready: Be fire-adapted and ready—Keep your yard free of leaves, pine needles and other debris. Make sure flammable chemicals are in proper containers and stored safely. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place. Plan escape routes and make sure all those residing in the home know the plan of action.
    • Set: Situational awareness—Pack your emergency items. Know how to receive and stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media, your local fire department and public safety.
    • Go: Act Early—Follow your personal wildfire action plan. Also be sure to adhere to your local jurisdiction’s evacuation processes. Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.

Coconino County has an updated map with information about Ready, Set, Go statuses available online. Sign up to receive Coconino County Emergency Notifications, which is the best way to stay informed about changes in Ready, Set, Go status. Promptly follow any orders from Coconino County.

Everyone in Arizona should always be in the “ready” status.

Smoke from the Rafael and Snake fires continues to affect several communities in Coconino County. Anyone who can see, taste or smell smoke should curtail outdoor activity. It is important to monitor symptoms when wildfire smoke is present. For more information, review Coconino County Health and Human Services information on wildfire smoke.

Be aware of the Coconino County National Forest closure and the City of Flagstaff’s Stage 4 fire restrictions, which include a ban on all activities with open fires, including backyard grilling.

Stay informed by follow official social media sites such as the Coconino County websiteFacebook, and Twitter; City of Flagstaff Facebook and Twitter; and the U.S. Forest Service Facebook and Twitter.