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For Immediate Release
Contact: Commander Gerrit Boeck
Coconino County, AZ – The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the communities of North and South Garland Prairie will be downgraded from “SET” (Pre-evacuation) to “READY” status. This includes the neighborhoods/communities of North Garland Prairie, South Garland Prairie, Pine Aire Estates, Maine Townsite, and the Camp Raymond Boy Scout Camp.
The decision to downgrade evacuation status was made in conjunction with the Type 1 Incident Management Team managing the Rafael Fire. Firefighters have conducted successful burnout operations and other mitigation strategies to achieve containment on the north end of the fire, which adjoins these neighborhoods. The Incident Management Team has determined this area is no longer currently in imminent danger from the Rafael Fire.
As of today, the size of the Rafael Fire is estimated at 77,102 acres and at 48% containment. The fire was discovered on June 18, 2021. On June 20th the fire grew approximately 18,000 acres, which prompted evacuations of dispersed camping areas on the Kaibab National Forest in Coconino County. Fire crews continue to make progress on containing the Rafael Fire.
Residents in Coconino County are encouraged to sign up for Emergency Notifications at coconino.az.gov/ready. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office uses this emergency notification system to announce “READY, SET, GO” evacuation announcements as well as other emergency situations and notifications.
“READY” status means- you are aware of and monitoring fire activity in your area. You should have basic plans in place for yourselves, important documents, medications, pets and livestock in the event that a “GO” message is received. Residents in Northern Arizona are encouraged to always be in READY status.
“SET” status means- knowing there is significant danger in your area - residents should consider voluntarily relocating to a shelter or with family/friends outside the affected area. Have ready your emergency “go kit.” Keep in mind unique needs for your family or special equipment for pets and livestock. Stay aware of the latest news and information from public safety and public health officials.
“GO” status means- Leave Immediately!
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