Rafael Fire: Coconino County Sheriff Orders Evacuations In Sycamore Canyon Area

On Sunday night, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office order evacuations of dispersed camping south of Forest Road 535 from the junction of Forest Road 231 road. The Sheriff’s Office is also evacuating dispersed camping in the Sycamore Canyon area.

The Rafael Fire was discovered on June 18, 2021, the result of passing predominantly dry thunderstorms. The fire is located approximately 4 miles north of Perkinsville, AZ. Strong winds from the west in combination with terrain, and low humidity caused increased fire behavior today, increasing the side of the fire significantly.

The Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will assume management of the Rafael Fire, (which is east of Highway 89) in addition to the fires being managed as the Rock Butte Fires (5 lightning caused fires located west of Highway 89, north of Paulden, AZ).

Garland Prairie is reminded to be in “READY”.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to register with the Coconino County Emergency Notification system at coconino.az.gov/ready.