Posted on June 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Thursday, Jun 20 at 12:19 PM
Doce Fire grows as crew prepare for strong winds
By FELICIA FONSECA
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Strong winds were expected Thursday at a 10-square-mile blaze just west of Prescott that could cause the inferno to grow even more and ground support aircraft.
More than 600 firefighters worked to build an indirect fire line on the east and west flanks of the blaze in Arizona's Prescott National Forest. Homes in the subdivisions north of the fire were assessed and prepped with sprinklers for protection.
Still, the Doce Fire had moved into people's backyards and forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes. However, no structures have been reported lost.
"The bottom line is, we're holding our own," fire Incident Commander Tony Sciacca told reporters at a press conference Wednesday
The fire remained Thursday zero percent contained.
As many as 60 people used a temporary shelter at Yavapai College gymnasium on Wednesday.
Crews were scheduled Thursday to cut a line and then burn vegetation in order to rob the fire of more fuel.
"It's a two-pronged flanking action to pinch it off at the head," Sciacca said. Firefighters on each side will try to move north and meet each other, possibly in the Mint Wash area.
Meanwhile, the Halfway Fire burning in Northern Arizona forced evacuations Wednesday at Grandview Point inside Grand Canyon National Park.
The fire, which spans 60 acres, is burning on National Forest and National Park lands.
No structures are being threatened by the Halfway Fire, and there are currently no road closures.
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