Pipeline Fire Burning North of Flagstaff

Published by The Bee News

June 12, 2022

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Officials say 57-year-old Matthew Riser was seen leaving the area shortly after the fire started in a white pickup truck off Snowbowl Road. Authorities say Riser was stopped and detained until federal officers from the Forest Service arrived. A spokesperson for CCSO said Riser was booked into the Coconino County Jail for violation of a burn ban and residential use of a national forest.

The Pipeline Fire, located 6 miles north of Flagstaff, was reported June 12, 2022, at 10:15 a.m. by a fire lookout and is currently 1,500 acres and active on all sides.

According to Coconino National Forest, the cause of the fire is currently unknown. Firefighting resources are onsite, and an Incident Management Team has been ordered and is scheduled to begin arriving over the next several days.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office has issued GO evacuation orders for areas of Schultz Pass Road and Arizona Snowbowl and Timberline South of Brandis. GO means evacuate immediately. Areas currently on SET status include Doney Park and Mount Elden Lookout Road/Mount Elden Estates. SET means danger is in the area; make preparations to evacuate immediately. All residents are asked to be in READY status and should monitor the situation and be ready to prepare for evacuation.

To follow the current evacuation status for the Pipeline Fire, please visit http://ow.ly/2Nll50JvzE5(link is external)Shelter Information:

  • A Red Cross Shelter is open for residents evacuated due to the Pipeline Fire at Sinagua Middle School, 3950 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, 86004.
  • A shelter for household animals is available at Coconino Humane Association: 3501 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86004. Please check in with staff upon arrival.
  • A Livestock shelter is located at Fort Tuthill County Stables.

Those seeking assistance are asked to leave animals in their vehicle or trailer and to check in with staff to complete the animal intake process. Directions to Fort Tuthill County Park are available at: https://www.google.com/maps?q=35.1490865,-111.6879575&hl=en-US&gl=us&entry=gps&shorturl=1(link is external). The livestock stables are self-service. Animal owners are responsible for all services related to their livestock, including feeding and watering, and should bring cages for smaller livestock staying at Fort Tuthill.

US 89 is closed north of Flagstaff due to the Pipeline Fire. The southbound side is closed at milepost 430; the northbound side is closed at milepost 427. There is no estimated time to reopen the road. Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.com. Information about the status and activity of the Pipeline Fire and suppression efforts can be found on Inciweb at http://ow.ly/qnNM50JvAR5(link is external).

For more information visit www.Coconino.az.gov/PipelineFire(link is external) or call the

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