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Containment again improves in Museum Fire near Flagstaff

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PHOENIX — Containment of the Museum Fire near Flagstaff again improved on Sunday evening.

The fire was 61% contained as of 5 p.m. and had burned through 1,961 acres, according to a press release.

It was about 12% contained Thursday. By Saturday evening, containment was up to 46%.

Seasonal rains this week helped and allowed residents of roughly two dozen homes to return Wednesday but also raised the risk of flooding.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office lifted the evacuation order for residences in the Elden Lookout Road area, which went into effect Monday evening, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

However, residents were told to remain on alert – the “set” status of the “Ready Set Go” notification system – for potential new evacuation orders if conditions change.

On Tuesday, Gov. Doug Ducey signed an emergency declaration to free up $200,000 from the state’s general fund to battle the fire.

He also visited with volunteers and evacuees at a Red Cross shelter in Flagstaff.

The fire started last Sunday and its cause is still under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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