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Pipeline Fire leaves trail of scorched forest in first 3 days of blaze

Highway 89 has been closed north of the city as the fire continues to grow, and investigators have arrested a 57-year-old man who may have been involved.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Editor's note: This article was last updated on June 14, 2022. See this article for the latest updates on the wildfire: Pipeline Fire scorches 20,000 acres after winds spread blaze

Evacuations have been ordered for communities near the Pipeline Fire, burning north of Flagstaff since Saturday, June 12.

A dedicated website for new information was set up by the county. Click or tap here.

Head to 12news.com/wildfires to get the latest information on all the fires burning around Arizona.

The full evacuation list, evacuation center information and up-to-date road closures can be found below:

Latest fire updates: 

  • The wildfire jumped from 5,000 acres to 20,000 acres, officials said
  • A man burning used toilet paper is said to have started the wildfire, Coconino County Sheriff's Office deputies said
  • Evacuations were ordered in multiple areas
  • US 89 has been shut down north of Flagstaff
  • Emergency declaration signed by city leaders
  • An evacuation center has been set up at Sinagua Middle School
  • No structures have been damaged so far

CAUSE AND ARREST INFORMATION: Is it possible burning toilet paper caused the Pipeline Fire?

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How many acres has it burned? 

The Pipeline Fire has burned roughly 20,177 acres and does not have a containment estimate as of Tuesday, the National Interagency Fire Center said. 

Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy announced on Monday that he signed a Declaration of Emergency for the wildfire. The announcement paves the way for more state and federal resources to help the city manage the blaze.

Are there any evacuations?

The following communities are under the "GO" order and have been asked to evacuate immediately:

  • Neighborhoods north of Silver Saddle Road in the Doney Park area
  • Neighborhoods north of East Cullum Lane and east to Slayton Ranch Road
  • Communities along Highway 89 in the area of Sacred Mountain Trading Post on both sides of the road
  • Private land east of Sunset Crater-Wupatki Loop Road
  • Schultz Pass Road (FS 420)
  • FS 557
  • FS 576
  • FS 522
  • FS 556
  • Arizona Snowbowl
  • Timberline (South of Brandis to Elden Springs Road)
  • Upatki Trails
  • Girls Ranch
  • Fernwood

The following communities are under the "SET" order and have been asked to prepare for possible evacuation:

  • Sacred Mountain Trading Post to Antelope Hills
  • Sinagua Trading Post
  • Mt. Elden Estates 
  • Doney Park
  • Homes near FS 420 and FS 556

The City of Flagstaff Cinder Lake Landfill is also closed.

Coconino County shared the following maps of areas under an evacuation order:

Coconino County has provided a live map of the evacuation area.

Go to the Arizona Emergency Information Network website to learn how the READY, SET, GO evacuation system works. 

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What roads or highways have been closed? 

US 89 northbound is closed at mile marker 423, north of Townsend/Winona Road. Southbound remains closed at mile marker 445.

"24-hour security Patrols will be conducted n the evacuated area until re-entry is complete," officials said.

Are there any shelters available for residents who may be evacuated? 

A Red Cross evacuation center has been set up at Sinagua Middle School at 3950 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff. 

Resouces for animal evacuations

  • Household animals

 You can take your household animals to Coconino Humane Association: 3501 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86004. Please check in with staff upon arrival.

• Livestock

You can take your horses, goats, sheep, pigs, and chickens to the Fort Tuthill County Stables. When you arrive, please leave your animals in your vehicle or trailer. 

Wildfire Go-Kit:

Residents in wildfire-prone areas are urged to have an emergency supplies kit to bring with them if they are evacuated from their homes, especially as Arizona residents are beginning to see early widespread fire activity throughout the state. 

An emergency supply kit should be put together long before a wildfire or another disaster occurs. Make sure to keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate. 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that residents near a disaster store emergency supplies in a plastic tub, small suitcase, trash can, backpack, or other containers. 

Residents should make sure they have the necessities, such as three gallons of water per person and a three-day supply of ready-to-eat food, the NFPA said. A first-aid kit, prescription medications, contact lenses, and non-prescription drugs should also be taken into account.  

Copies of any important family documents, including insurance policies, identification, bank account records, and emergency contact numbers should also be taken and put into a waterproof, portable container in your kit, the NFPA said.  

The association lists other items that would help in a disaster, including: 

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person 

  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and an NOAA weather radio to receive up-to-date information 

  • Dust mask or cotton T-shirt to filter the air 

  • Matches in a waterproof container 

  • Complete change of clothing including long pants, long sleeve shirts, and sturdy shoes stored in a waterproof container 

  • Signal flare 

The entire NFPA checklist of supplies can be found here. 

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