The cool, moist weather is keeping the fire in check, with no additional growth. Fire activity is minimal. A few scattered hot spots of vegetation remain within the fire’s perimeter.
Please drive safely on Highway 69 in Spring Valley as firefighters, equipment and support personnel return home. Demobilization of resources is underway.
Fire managers will continue to monitor the fire by air, as much of the uncontained fireline on the east side of the fire is in steep, rugged, remote terrain. The Cellar Fire remains a full suppression fire. Firefighters and equipment have made significant progress the past week and half, building containment lines where they had ground access along the southern and western portions of the fire. Monsoonal weather is helping keep the fire in check, with no recent growth.
The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team #1 (Alan Sinclair, Incident Commander) plans to transition the fire back to the Prescott National Forest tomorrow, July 25, at 6 AM. Today one handcrew and one engine are monitoring the east side of the fire and will be backhauling trash and equipment from the area today. One handcrew with a chipper is continuing suppression repair along Forest Road 52 (Senator Highway). Three engines are on standby for initial attack.
There is a 40% chance of thunderstorms today. Firefighters are prepared to respond to changing conditions, including gusty outflow winds, heavy rain and frequent lightning.
The Prescott National Forest Cellar Fire Public Safety Closure Area has been reduced in size, effective at 6 AM this morning. Detailed information and a map are available on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6443/
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in effect. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. More info visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Cellar Fire Information: 928-925-1111 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6443/ (announcements, closures, news, maps, photos)
Interactive Cellar Fire Map is available at https://tinyurl.com/CellarFireMap
Ready, Set, Go Information and Code Red Sign Up: http://www.ycsoaz.gov/
Daily Storm Outlook: National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/fgz/
Post-fire flood potential information: Yavapai County Flood Patrol District website, http://www.ycflood.com/
Acres: Approximately 7,512 acres
Percent Containment: 58 %
Start Date: July 14, 2019
Origin Location: 16 Miles South of Prescott, AZ
Jurisdiction: Prescott National Forest
Fuels: Upper elevation: Ponderosa pine. Lower elevation: Brush, Grass and Chaparral
Resources: 314 personnel including 1 Hot Shot Crews, 3 Type 2 IA Crews, 2 Type 2 Crews, and 7 Engines