PRESCOTT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The pre-evacuation "READY" notification was lifted by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office for communities near the Cellar Fire, a wildfire near Prescott that forced a mandatory evacuation of Pine Flat on Thursday.

All "READY" notifications are lifted for neighborhoods of Pine Flat, Walker, Wolf Creek, Potato Patch, Indian Creek and Crown King. 

The fire grew to 7,512 acres Sunday. It was 58 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. 

On Saturday evening, the evacuation was already lifted for Pine Flat and residents were instructed to return to their homes after 6 p.m.

[WATCH: Fire crews talk to Crown King community about Cellar Fire]

Residents of Crown King were briefed Saturday afternoon about the fires progress.

While the area is safe now, fire crews said it's still a good idea to be prepared if the fire spreads south. Crews said the fire was eight miles from town.

Crown King business owner, Dandy Baker worries that a fire could destroy community.

"The store has been there since 1904," said Baker, who owns the town store.

"It’s the longest continuously standing building in Crown King. The saloon is older, but it’s been moved from mining camp to mining camp," said Baker.

"It’s scary," said Baker. "Two major historic buildings in town, and that is what needs to be saved in this town, besides people’s homes, but it’s what Crown King is about."

Crown King businesses stayed open Saturday, and a Blues Festival went on as planned.

"We're always concerned," said Bob Cosburn, who owns a cabin in Crown King.

"We actually, all of us who have been up here for a long time, we've been through a couple of very, very heinous fires. The last one came very, very close to town."

Crews said hotshots worked to hold and secure the southwest corner of the fire and were ready to respond to any new starts.

"Everything so far, we're actually being cautiously optimistic," said Cosburn.

Cloud cover, along with higher humidity, helped firefighters increase containment on the fire's south and southwest flanks.

Fire crews continued to work on structure protection at Palace Station Saturday night and monitored hots spots along FR 52, Senator Highway, on the east side of the fire down to Shady Dells.

There was a closure in effect on the Prescott National Forest due to the fire.

It included everything south of Wolf Creek, including Potato Patch, south to the community of Crown King. The community of Crown King remained open for business.

When residents of Pine Flat were under evacuation orders they received the "Go" message at around 4 p.m. on Thursday from officials with the Yavapai Sheriff Department. 

[WATCH: Officials provide update on Cellar Fire burning south of Prescott]

"It’s stressful on everybody and everything we have worked for to get," said Howard Coatney, who evacuated from Pine Flat. "It’s kind of tough, but we have our animals, and we have everyone safe, and nobody is dead so we’re good."

[WATCH: Mandatory evacuation issued for Pine Flat due to Cellar Fire]

The fire is burning about 16 miles south of Prescott.

Prescott National Forest says the fire was likely caused by lightning.

[SLIDESHOW: Smoke from Cellar Fire visible for miles]

There were nearly 661 firefighters battling the flames. They said an air tanker was effective in slowing down the fire's spread on the east side.

The Southwest Type 1 Incident Management Team took over the Cellar Fire Thursday morning.

[SLIDESHOW: Getting the tankers in the air]

[MORE INFO: Arizona Wildfires]

The junction Forest Road 52 and Forest Road 261 south to the junction of Forest Road 52 and Forest Road 361; following Forest Road 52 east to Crown King was closed. 

[READ MORE: Prescott National Forest: Fire crews monitor Cellar Fire, Castle Creek Fire]

Mayer-Bolander Road (Country Road 177) previously closed from the western boundary of Pine Flat west to Forest Road 52 (Senator Highway).

For more fire information, call 928-925-1111 or go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/ 

 


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