FLAGSTAFF, AZ — Residents ordered to evacuate more than two dozen homes because of an Arizona wildfire can return. Authorities said Wednesday that the fire is no longer an imminent threat.
The residents of the forested city of Flagstaff were told to leave Monday evening so that firefighters could work to starve the fire of fuel.
Rain, higher humidity and cooler weather have helped firefighters attack the blaze. It has burned nearly 3 square miles in the mountains overlooking Flagstaff.
The Coconino County Sheriff's Office says the evacuated residents can return home Wednesday afternoon. They'll be required to check in with deputies and show identification.
Start date: July 21, 2019
Size: 1,961 acres
Where it started: One mile north of Flagstaff in the Dry Lake Hills area (see map here)
Percent contained: 82%
Cause: Human-caused, specifics under investigation
Evacuation information: The Coconino County Sheriff has downgraded the following neighborhoods and areas from "Set" (pre-evacuation) to "Ready" effective immediately: Christmas Tree Estates and all areas north of Railhead west on Hwy 89 and Mt. Elden Estates.