Summary: Crews arrived on the scene of the fire Tuesday morning and worked to secure the perimeter on the north side of the fire. Crews will return to the fire today, continuing to construct direct fire line and mop up heat along the fire perimeter. Recent precipitation assisted firefighters by extinguishing heat in lighter fuels, but significant heat remains in heavier fuels, mainly on the north side of the fire where crews will concentrate suppression efforts. High overnight humidity continues to keep fire behavior at a minimum. Crews are monitoring current and forecasted weather conditions, including the chance of additional precipitation over the fire late this afternoon and evening.
The Southwest Incident Management Team 3 assumed command of the fire Sept 24th at 0600 as management of the incident transitioned to a Type 2 Team. The objectives of the team include public and firefighter safety and protecting communities near the fire area. Challenges facing the team include difficult access and terrain, working in an area with heavy fuel loads, and active mining operations.
Resources: 5-Engines, 2-Dozers, 1-Type 2 Crew, 5-Type 1 Crews, 2-Type 3 Helicopters, air attack aircraft and miscellaneous overhead personnel. Air resources will be ordered as necessary.
Closures: South end Ponderosa Park to Lower Wolf Creek; Lower Wolf Creek to Senator Highway; Senator Highway (Forest Road 52) from Sky Y Camp at End of the Pavement to Palace Station.
Evacuations: Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department has lifted the evacuation for the residents located in the Look Out Mountain/Maverick Mountain Area. For assistance or questions please call (928) 771-3260.
In the interest of safety, the public is asked to not travel in the vicinity of Ponderosa Park, Lower Wolf Creek, and the community of Potato Patch as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be traveling in the area. Avoiding these areas will allow firefighters to work and travel safely during suppression operations.
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Location: 8 miles south of Prescott, AZ on the Bradshaw Ranger District (T12N, R2W, S16)
Start Date: September 22, 2019
Size: Approximately 210 acres
Percent Contained: 0
Cause: Under Investigation
Vegetation: Brush, Pinyon and Timber
Incident Commander: Dave Gesser, Type 2 SW Incident Management Team #3