Pipeline Fire continues burning north of Flagstaff, Two additional fires reported northeast of Pipeline Fire (June 13, 2022) – Strong winds continue to move the Pipeline Fire toward the northeast, as two additional wildfires–the Haywire Fire and Double Fire–are reported about 6 miles further ahead.
The exact size the the Pipeline Fire is unknown due to the inability for an overnight infrared flight. However, fire managers estimate the fire to be about 5,000 acres currently. Firefighters are working to suppress and keep fire from entering areas near communities, while deflecting the fire along the San Francisco Peaks toward the northeast as it enters some of the 2010 Schultz Fire and recent Tunnel Fire burn scars.
Strong winds coupled with warm weather have been the challeging factor for firefighters and air resources, as winds are predicted to be 40-50 mph today. The Coconino NF remains in Stage 2 fire and smoking restrictions.
Information regarding fire restrictions can be found online at coconinonationalforest.us
Strong winds push Pipeline Fire more than 15 miles
Subject arrested in connection with wildfire (June 12, 2022) – The Pipeline Fire which began 6 miles north of Flagstaff around 10 a.m. is currently estimated at 4,000-5,000 acres and was pushed more than 15 miles by strong winds throughout the day.
A 57-year-old male was arrested by Forest Service law enforcement officers earlier today in connection with the wildfire and charged with natural resource violations. The subject was booked into the Coconino County Sheriff’s Detention Facility.
“The investigation into the cause of the Pipeline Fire is ongoing and, in order to protect the integrity of the investigation, we cannot discuss any details of the investigation,” said Law Enforcement Patrol Captain Andy Pederson.
At this time, no structures or homes have been destroyed.
Jimmy Harris’ California Team 15, a Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT), arrives tomorrow to assume management of the wildfire.
Resources battling the fire today from the air included up to eight air tankers and five helicopters. Currently, 13 engines, nine crews, six prevention patrol units, three dozers, and one water tender are assigned, which comprises approximately 270 personnel.
More air tankers and helicopters are on order for tomorrow’s suppression efforts, and more firefighting resources and personnel will be added to the fight with the arrival of a Type 2 IMT.
Information regarding evacuations and resources for evacuees can be found on the Coconino County Emergency Management website at https://www.coconino.az.gov/
A map showing the current evacuation area can be found on the Coconino County Emergency Management ArcGIS site at https://coconinocounty.maps.
Information about the status and activity of the Pipeline Fire and suppression efforts can be found on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Incident Management Team ordered for Pipeline Fire (June 12, 2022)
Sheriff orders evacuations for some areas
Firefighting resources are currently fighting the Pipeline Fire 6 miles north of Flagstaff, which size and cause is currently unknown.
An Incident Management Team has been ordered and is scheduled to being arriving over the next couple of days.
Recreationists in the area near Schultz Passshould leave immediately. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for evacuations, and information regarding evacuations can be found on the Coconino County Emergency Management website at .
A map showing the current evacuation area can be found on the Coconino County Emergency Management ArcGIS site.
Information about the status and activity of the Pipeline Fire and suppression efforts can be found on Inciweb at .
Wildfire start 6 miles north of Flagstaff just west of Schultz Pass (June 12, 2022) – Firefighting resources are responding to a wildfire located 6 miles north of Flagstaff and producing a noticeable plume of smoke.
The Pipeline Fire was reported at 10:15 a.m. by a fire lookout and is currently several acres, but active on all sides and growing. Resources on scene in one Hotshot crew, with another en route, one dozer, one water tender, three patrol units, and six engines. Four air tankers and one Type 3 helicopter has been ordered.
Smoke will be visible from Flagstaft, and the wind is sweeping the smoke through Schultz Pass toward Doney Park.
Recreationists in the area should leave immediately, especially those in the area of Schultz Pass down to Ft. Valley Trailhead. More information will be provided as it is received.