Museum Fire Burning Near Flagstaff

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The Museum Fire burns near Flagstaff on Sunday. | Courtesy of Coconino National Forest

A wildfire burning in the Dry Lake Hills area north of Flagstaff has now burned roughly 1,000 acres. 

The Museum Fire started Sunday morning and grew overnight. Planned burnout operations were postponed Sunday night due to the fire activity. As of Monday morning, fire managers were expecting to have a heavy air presence to attack the fire. 

Officials advise the public to be cautious while driving on U.S. Route 180 and U.S. Route 89 near Flagstaff, as heavy smoke is expected in the area. 

Right now, no evacuations have been enforced, but communities in the surrounding area have been put on alert to be in the "prepare now" stage. Coconino County officials have made direct contact with people in neighborhoods that are affected by pre-evacuation notices. An American Red Cross shelter has already been set up at Sinagua Middle School for those who opt to leave their homes. 

For information on road closures and impacted areas, you can visit the incident website.

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