Location: Bradshaw Ranger District of Prescott National Forest; 14 miles south of Prescott, AZ (T12N R1W, S28)
Start date: June 24, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Size: Approximately 27,327 acres
Percent Contained: 53% Cause: Under Investigation
Resources Assigned: Approximately 1,222 personnel
Vegetation: Predominantly dense chaparral and Ponderosa pine stands in drainages.
Firefighters made excellent progress overnight burning out an area near the northwest corner of Big Bug Mesa, east of Breezy Pines. The burnout operation is expected to be complete today. Additional fire retardant has been applied on this section of the fire to help reinforce the perimeter.
Patrolling, mopup and fireline rehabilitation continues to take place along the 62 miles of fire perimeter. Patrol flights yesterday saw little smoke coming from the southern and eastern portions of the fire. However, smoke could be seen from burning interior islands of vegetation and the burnout operation in the northwest. The public is reminded that smoke seen coming from interior portions of the fire is not a cause of concern at this time. Some ash devils were noticed yesterday and firefighters remain vigilant to ensure embers are not carried across firelines.
Winds are expected to be higher today with gusts from the southwest possibly reaching 25-30 mph.
Evacuation information: Although some evacuations have been lifted and roads reopened, property owners are urged to remain vigilant and monitor fire news. There is still active fire behavior, particularly in the northern portion of the fire, and conditions can change easily if impacted by high wind events.
Yesterday, evacuation orders were lifted for the following communities/areas: Blue Hills (power has been restored), Upper Blue Hills (power has been restored), Dewey/Humboldt all areas west of SR 69 south to mile post 280. (west Poland Junction remains under evacuation)
These communities remain under mandatory evacuation: SR 69 - west side from Grapevine Road north to Milepost 280, Poland Junction- west side, Pine Flat, Breezy Pines, Walker, Potato Patch, Mount Union, Mountain Pine Acres.
Please note: The Blue Hills/Upper Blue Hills area has fire suppression sprinklers that were installed by firefighters in various portions of the community. Please keep these areas clear and allow fire officials access to do their work. For additional information regarding evacuations and pre-evacuations please call the Yavapai County Emergency Operation Center at (928) 442-5103, 7am – 7pm.
National Forest (www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott) or Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5278/) for maps of closed areas.