A conflagration burning just six miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona, has triggered evacuations for hundreds of people and thousands more were ordered by authorities to prepare for future evacuations, authorities said Sunday evening.

The “Pipeline Fireplace” was reported at about 10 a.m., about six miles north of Flagstaff, where fire personnel had worked the fire pit.

A fire monitor saw the blaze burn at around 10.15am, Coconino National Forest officials said.

Pictures confirmed plumes of smoke drifting into the sky from Flagstaff. In a tweet by Paradez [from ABC15], the Sheriff confirms that they have indeed assisted the US Forest Service in the arrest of a man in connection with this Pipeline Fire. She continues to express sadness and devastation over having to see the video attached to the tweet. See the video below:

We share the sentiments of ABC15’s Ashley Paradez. The video show the smoke engulf the sky as the camera pans from left to right, showing the red and grey colors rendered at the horizon.

Authorities reported that wind had forced smoke through Schultz Pass toward Doney Park.

The Arizona American Red Cross has opened emergency shelter for evacuated people at Sinagua Middle School. We at nature climate change are hoping everyone stays safe and can return safely to their homes once this has passed.

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