Grapevine Fire near Prescott Valley grows to 1,000 acres; evacuations remain in place
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (3TV/CBS 5) — A “GO” alert remains in effect for people in the area of the Grapevine Fire, which is burning about 10 miles east of Prescott Valley. As of Wednesday morning, the fire has grown to nearly 1,000 acres with 0% containment.
White Horse Ranch residents were told to evacuate late Tuesday morning as fire crews worked to gain control of the fire that’s been burning since last week. Just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said Mingus Springs 4-H Camp and neighboring residents were in “SET” status and should prepare for possible evacuation. An emergency shelter has been set up at the Camp Verde Gym located at 75 E. Hollamon St, just east of Main Street, in Camp Verde.
Thunderstorms on Monday afternoon moved over the fire, where outflow winds pushed the fire to the northeast and south, according to fire officials, causing the blaze to grow to approximately 500 acres. On Tuesday, crews assessed if any structures were potentially in danger, while monitoring fire activity on the western side.
Firefighters plan to continue monitoring the fire along the western perimeter on Wednesday, and will work to remove vegetation along Forest Road 132 and the perimeter of the 4-H Camp. Crews will also scout the eastern side of the fire for potential control lines that would help contain the blaze. Storms with gusty winds are possible in the area Wednesday afternoon, which could impact fire behavior.
The Grapevine Fire was started by lightning around 4 p.m. on Friday, July 21. Check back for updates.
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