An August update on the Museum Fire

The Museum Fire first alerted Flagstaff residents July 21, and it eventually scorched over 1,900 acres of land. The wildfire began in the Dry Lake Hills area, which is about one mile north of Flagstaff. As firefighters battled the growing flames, many residents were forced to take caution or evacuate.

“Rugged, steep terrain hindered firefighting efforts, and soon after the fire began, about two dozen homes were under mandatory evacuation orders with hundreds more placed on standby,” a Museum Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) executive summary stated.

From the fire’s start, firefighters worked to contain the fire and repair the damage.

“[Crews are working] with heavy equipment to stabilize roads in the fire area and will continue to patrol and hold the containment line, cooling hot spots as necessary,” an Aug. 1 update on the Incident Information System Website (InciWeb) reported.

Additionally, a BAER team was assembled July 26 to assess the fire’s damage.

“BAER is an emergency program for stabilization work that involves time-critical activities that must be completed before the first damaging storm event,” the BAER executive summary stated.

BAER evaluated watershed conditions to determine the potential risks to natural and cultural resources, human life and property. The team also determined effective stabilization measures to reduce the risk of potential flooding and debris flow.

InciWeb recommends that visitors and residents of the Flagstaff area view a map of the Museum Fire Safety Closure area. Furthermore, it is advised to sign up for emergency notifications.

As of Aug. 12, InciWeb said the Museum Fire has been 100% contained and put under patrol status. The cause of the Museum Fire remains unknown and is under investigation.

Summer construction and bus route changes

McConnell Drive closed July 8 due to construction on the I-17 bridge, per the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). The I-17 freeway exit onto McConnell Drive was also closed during this time. ADOT opened the street to traffic on Aug. 18, which was the Sunday before residence hall move-in.

According to the Mountain Line website, these closures prompted Route 10 to be rerouted to avoid construction. The four bus stops at Social and Behavioral Sciences and Gabaldon Hall were closed, and temporary stops were placed to accommodate the closures.

“Route 10 will have a temporary stop at the University and Knoles intersection and will take University Drive out to Milton,” an update from NAU stated.

Although McConnell Drive opened Aug. 18, access to Beulah Boulevard will be unavailable from campus. The NAU website encourages commuters to use University Drive instead.

NAU mourns the death of Malik Noshi

Malik Noshi, offensive lineman for NAU football, was found dead in his Flagstaff residence July 7. Noshi’s death was confirmed by Mike Marlow, the vice president for intercollegiate athletics, in a statement released July 8.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire NAU Athletic Department family go out to Malik’s family, friends, teammates and coaches during this time of great sadness,” Marlow said in the statement.

Noshi was originally from Las Vegas, Nevada and was about to enter his senior season. During his NAU football career from 2016 to 2018, Noshi played 29 games.

The Standard gets ready for move-in

The Standard is Flagstaff’s latest addition to off-campus student housing. For the last couple of months, The Standard and its staff have been preparing for the fall 2019 move-in.

According to The Standard’s website, the property offers 15 different floor plans ranging from a studio to five-bedroom apartments. Amenities also include a resident club room, golf simulator, computer lounge, study rooms, garage parking, a fitness center and private courtyards with spas.

The Standard’s website also states that although several floor plans are already sold out, there are still many open and available for renters.

In addition, The Standard has a VIP fall 2020 waitlist for those who are interested in housing during the next academic year.