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Updated at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 21:
Coconino County has issued a pre-evacuation notice along N. Schultz Pass at U.S. Highway 180 and west of U.S. Highway 89, north of Townsend Winona Road.
Avoid cell phone use in the area to avoid interference with first responder communication.
A Red Cross Shelter has been opened at Sinagua Middle School, 3950 E. Butler Ave., Flagstaff 86004.
Evacuation is for recreation areas only.
Updated at 2:44 p.m. on Sunday, July 21:
The Museum Fire has now burned 200 acres according to the Coconino National Forest.
Updated at 1:48 p.m. on Sunday, July 21:
Coconino County has issued an evacuation notice for the recreational areas of Forest Road 420 to Highway 89, Mount Elden Lookout and Schultz Pass Road to private land.
A pre-evacuation notice has also been issued for the area of Forest Road 420 to Friedlein Prairie. An update from the Coconino National Forest said the Museum Fire has expanded to 20 acres with 182 total personnel now working against the blaze.
"If people see fire, they are asked to leave the area immediately," according to a release issued by Matt Rudig, spokesman for Coconino County. The release also suggested people sign-up for emergency notifications for evacuations and other notices at coconino.az.gov/ready.
Coconino County Emergency Management (CCEM) and the City of Flagstaff have activated an Emergency Operations Center in support of the Museum Fire. Personnel are preparing and coordinating services in the event the fire spreads. Search and Rescue is on-scene and assisting with the evacuation.
If evacuations occur, CCEM will coordinate with the American Red Cross to set-up a shelter.
Among those working on the fire are seven engines, four fuel crews, two hotshot crews, four heavy air tankers, four single engine air tankers, four helicopters and a very large airtanker (VLAT).
Moran Henn, a resident of Mount Elden Lookout Road, was informed by law enforcement that her family should get ready in case an evacuation is ordered. Henn spoke to the Arizona Daily Sun via telephone at 1:19 p.m. and said she could see the smoke from the fire from her property.
"It's like right over our head from where I'm standing," Henn said. "The entire sky is fire and smoke as they say."
Henn said they sent her children down the mountain to ensure their safety. The family also evacuated their 20 chickens in preparation for an official order.
For them, their next concern now is if they will need to evacuate their horses and donkeys.
"We got all our valuables out, and now we're waiting to figure out if we gotta get the horses out too," Henn said. "We've got four horses and two donkeys."
Updated at 12:57 p.m. on Sunday, July 21:
The U.S. Forest Service has released a press release saying the fire has burned 5 acres and is growing.
The location of the fire was listed in the release as in the Dry Lake Hills area northwest of Mount Elden. Over 100 personnel have responded to the fire.
The smoke can be seen around the Flagstaff community, including the communities east of Flagstaff. Structures, including homes, are still reportedly being threatened, but no official evacuation has been ordered.
Original article at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 21:
The Museum Fire has currently burned more than 5 acres on the peaks near Schultz Pass Road as of noon on Sunday, July 21.
At noon, three heavy helicopters and two heavy fixed wings carrying retardant were responding to the scene. Several fire engines and hotshots have also responded to the scene, staging at the Sunset Trailhead.
Initial reports suggest some structures may be threatened near the area of Schultz Pass Road and Elden Lookout Road. The area includes Forest Road 420, to Elden Springs back to the Highway 89.
U.S. Forest Service officials have not issued any official warning and are working to confirm whether it is needed.
An Arizona Daily Sun reporter at the scene said residents are being let past a roadblock at Schultz Pass Road, but everyone else is being turned away.
The area was recently subject to forest thinning work with the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project. It is not clear whether the fire is in the thinned area or not.
Downed trees, branches and needles are present in the post-thinned area.