Doce fire reaches 15% containment

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- The Doce Fire is still burning out of control, and while it's inching ever closer to neighborhoods, no homes have been lost and no injuries reported.

The blaze continues to grow west of Prescott, and is getting dangerously close to several communities in the area.

According to an aerial survey, the Doce Fire spans approximately 6,300 acres, and it remains at zero percent containment, Forest Service public information officer Karen Malice-Clark said at 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Previous estimates had put the size at about 7,500 acres.

"Last night, there was an infrared flight over the fire," she said, explaining the decrease in acreage. "That does provide more accurate mapping."

While there still is no containment Malice-Clark said fire teams are confident that they will get a handle on the fire.

"Crews are making progress in reinforcing the fire line, especially on the northeast and east side of the fire, where that fire is butting up against some neighborhoods."

10 firefighting planes and 781 firefighters are working around the clock to try and slow down the flames.

Arizona State Forestry firefighter Justin Smith says the terrain, along with the dried out brush and gusty winds, are making things more difficult for the crews responding.

“It’s making some significant runs towards communities and making it hard for firefighters to hold,” said Smith.

Crews were, however, able to make progress Wednesday establishing a safe anchor point and constructing indirect fire lines on the east and west flanks of the fire.

Authorities say they will continue to construct, improve, and strengthen the line around the fire. In the North West area of the fire, crews will evaluate placement of the line. Monitoring of the fire will take place in some of the less active areas around the southern part of the fire.

Homes north of the fire were assessed and prepped with sprinklers for protection.

There have been no changes in the number neighborhoods that have been evacuated. Evacuated homes include Granite Basin Homes, Black Jack, Camp Anytown, Sundown Acres, Cielo Grande, Old Stage Acres, Mint Creek Wash north to Cielo Grande (Dome Road), and American Ranch remain evacuated.

Those living in Williamson Valley are on notice for potential evacuations. Williamson Valley Road east of the fire between Pioneer Parkway and Outer Loop Road is open to residents only.

The incident management team will host a community meeting at Prescott High School Auditorium "Ruth Street Theater" on Sunday, Jun. 23 at 6:00 p.m.

For more information call 928-777-7552.

Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity related to the Doce Fire is being asked to contact Forest Service law Enforcement and Investigations at 928-527-3508.

The view from the Fort McDowell Casino News Chopper (8:30 a.m. Thursday)



The Doce Fire was first reported Tuesday at about 11:30 a.m.