Thousands ordered to evacuate as Pipeline Fire grows near Flagstaff, Arizona

Wildfires near Flagstaff, Arizona at 01:00 UTC on June 14, 2022

At least 2 200 households near Flagstaff, Arizona were ordered to evacuate late Monday, June 13, 2022, due to threats posed by the growing Pipeline Fire.

Due to conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property, Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy signed a declaration of emergency for the Pipeline Fire, allowing him to govern by proclamation and impose regulations as needed.

The fire started on Sunday morning, about 10 km (6 miles) north of Flagstaff, producing a noticeable plume of smoke and forcing recreationists in the area to leave immediately, especially those in the area of Schultz Pass down to Ft. Valley Trailhead.

By 10:00 LT on June 13, the fire was estimated at 1 600 – 2 000 ha (4 000 – 5 000 acres) and was pushed more than 24 km (15 miles) by strong winds throughout the day.

A 57-year-old male was arrested by Forest Service law enforcement officers in connection with the wildfire and charged with natural resource violations. The subject was booked into the Coconino County Sheriff’s Detention Facility.1

 “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.2

Wildfires near Flagstaff, Arizona at 00:30 UTC on June 14, 2022
Wildfires near Flagstaff, Arizona at 00:30 UTC on June 14, 2022. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers

Strong winds continued to move the Pipeline Fire toward the northeast throughout the day, as two additional wildfires the Haywire Fire and Double Fire started about 10 km (6 miles) further ahead.

wildfires near flagstaff june 13 2022

Monday’s efforts were largely focused on evacuations and making sure people were out of the way, Incident Commander Aaron Graeser said at a news briefing. 

As of late Monday, officials report one destroyed structure.

Arizona submitted a request for the federal grant on Sunday, as the fire had the potential of impacting 2 100 homes in the areas of Doney Park, Timberline and Black Bill Park. Schools, cultural sites and other infrastructure could be impacted as well, according to FEMA.

References:

1 Pipeline Fire – InciWeb – June 12 and 13, 2022

2 Pipeline Fire burns north of Flagstaff: What to know and the latest information – AZ Central – June 13, 2022

Featured image credit: NOAA/GOES-East, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers

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