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Fire on the Mountain

A tree erupts in flames as the Museum Fire burns just north of Flagstaff Sunday afternoon.

According to the Coconino National Forest, the Museum Fire has reached 100% containment on Monday morning after 10 a.m.

The fire burned through 1,961 acres in the Dry Lake Hills area above Flagstaff and at it peak had 600 fire personnel and many aircrafts responding to the fire. Only one engine and 6 personnel are assigned to the area to patrol the burn scar as of Monday, Aug. 12.

The fire was a large concern because it burned 1 mile north from the heavily populated city of Flagstaff. A federal fire team was called in to manage the resources.

The fire burned through parts of the Spruce Avenue Watershed, leaving a lasting concern of post-fire flooding for the residents of Elden Estates, Linda Vista, Paradise Road, Grandview and Sunnyside.

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The cause of the Museum Fire is not known at this time and is under investigation. But the skies were clear and no lightning was reported on July 21, the day the fire started, suggesting a human cause.

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