No containment of wildfire near PrescottPosted: Updated:
Mandatory evacuations ordered; no homes lost, no injuries reported
PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- A nearly 11-square-mile wildfire in Arizona's Prescott National Forest is continuing to grow as more than 500 firefighters were dispatched to battle the blaze.
The Doce Fire, near Doce Pit, started at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and is burning seven to eight miles northwest of Prescott and four miles northwest of Thumb Butte.
Paige Rockett from the U.S. Forest Service said the fire has burned 7,000 acres as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, less than 24 hours after it was first reported.
At this point, no injuries have been reported and no homes have been lost, but fire teams are working against time and Mother Nature. A Red Flag Warning for windy conditions was in place throughout the day..
Officials have ordered mandatory evacuations for homes in the Granite Basin area, Mint Creek, Sundown Acres, Old Stage Acres and American Ranch developments. There is a voluntary evacuation in place for the residential development of Iron Springs Club.
The Alto Pit Recreation Area is closed.
One hundred and thirty kids from the Phoenix area are attending Camp Stein in Prescott. Emergency officials have been in contact with camp personnel as the fire is about 10 miles away, however, it is heading away from the camp. There is no smoke in the camp and there are no plans to evacuate at this time.
The fire started south of Iron Springs Road and is now burning north of Iron Springs Road headed toward the Granite Mountain Wilderness area.
Iron Springs Road is closed at Skyline Drive.
The fire is under investigation but is said to be human caused.
A Red Cross shelter has been set up at Yavapai College. Seven people who were evacuated from their homes stayed there Monday night.
The public can call also 928-777-7552 for more information
Date/Time Started: June 18, 2013, reported at 11:30 am
Location: 8 miles northwest of Prescott; burning near Granite Mountain Recreation
Fuels: Manzanita and Chaparral
Size: Approximately 7,000 acres (acreage may change when aerial and ground mapping is completed)
Percent Contained: 0
-2 Type 1 Air Tankers
The Southwest Area Type I Incident Management Team under Tony Sciacca will arrive Wednesday, June 19 to assume management of the fire.
- Mint Creek
- Granite Basin Summer Homes
- Sundown Acrre
- American Ranch
- Iron Srpings Club
- Neighborhoods on notice in Williamson Valley for potential evacuation
- Evacuation center at Yavapai College and for livestock at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds
Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter
Behavior: The fire continues to be active with winds pushing the fire north into the Williamson Valley Corridor. Several areas have been evacuated, but no structures have been lost and no injuries.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.