Smoke Whirls Form as Pipeline Fire Burns Near Flagstaff

Thick dark smoke swirled as the Pipeline fire burned near Flagstaff, Arizona, on June 12, prompting evacuations.

Kristen Byrd captured this footage showing large plumes of smoke wafting skyward. Byrd told Storyful the fire picked up quickly.

“It was very windy. I shot this video as we were waiting in traffic trying to evacuate our neighborhood,” she said. “We saw multiple smoke whirls.”

As of Sunday evening, the fire was 4,500 acres in size, according to fire officials.

While the cause of the blaze is under investigation, authorities arrested a 57-year-old man in connection with the fire on Sunday, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The sheriff’s office also reported a new, 1,600-acre wildfire called the Haywire fire, which was about four miles east of Sunset Crater Volcano in Coconino National Forest. Multiple engines were responding, officials said. Credit: Kristen Byrd via Storyful

Video transcript

[WIND BLOWING]

- Surrounded.

- Go, Mommy, go. Flames are going up. Go, Mommy, go. Flames are going up.

[HONKING]

- Paper.

- Where?

- Hold down.

- I got it.

- Know the hard part?

KRISTEN BYRD: Here, here. Give it. It's still going. It's still recording. It started in back.

- Surrounded.

- Go, Mommy, go. Flames are going up. Go, Mommy, go. Flames are going up.

[HONKING]

- Paper.

- Where?

- Hold down.

- I got it.

- Know the hard part?

KRISTEN BYRD: Here, here. Give it. It's still going. It's still recording. It started in back.

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