30 Jun Major Update!
Since my last blog post, there has been a major update on my internship and the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. As I mentioned in my previous blogs, my internship start date was originally postponed due to a wildfire (Tunnel fire) that broke out and destroyed much of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.
Unfortunately, two new wildfires (Pipeline fire & Haywire fire) broke out on June 12, 2022, and June 13, 2022. Due to the severity and close proximity of these two fires, National Park Service (NPS) personnel and residents from Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Wupatki National Monument were forced to evacuate. Since starting, the Pipeline fire and Haywire fire combined have burned an estimated 32,107 acres of land, and the two fires have surrounded Sunset Crater Volcano. As I was a resident at Sunset Crater National Monument, I had to evacuate along with the other residents. However, as I had to evacuate, I was unable to continue working at the Flagstaff Area National Monuments as I did not have any housing.
As a result, I had to spend some time away from the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. However, with the help of my amazing supervisors, I was able to get useful networking and work experience during this time away from the monuments. In my next blog, I’ll be updating you all on these experiences that I earned!
Due to the chaos of the fires, I am writing this blog post a little late, but it, fortunately, allows me to provide you all with newer (and more positive) updates. Fortunately, by the time I am writing this post, the Pipeline fire has been 70% contained, and the Tunnel fire has been 50% contained. While much of the local area was severely damaged, both
National Monuments were fortunately spared. Along with that, residents and NPS personnel have just been notified that we can return to our homes, so things should hopefully be getting back to normal!
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and as always, don’t forget to go out and explore your National Parks!
Marshall Morgan Fabara