The Horse Fire grew to 3,500 acres over the evening. Airtankers and helicopters were essential in slowing the spread of the fire as firefighters gained access. The fire is in a remote section of the forest with steep, rugged terrain. The strategy for the Horse fire is full suppression as crews continue to use aircraft to slow the rate of spread and scout for holding features to use as containment lines. The fire burned active all night and spotted just south of Minnehaha as of 8AM and has become well established and has become 100 acres in size.
All roads leading into Crown King have been closed – Goodwin, Senator Highway at Palace Station, and County Road 59 from Cleator. Please avoid the area to allow suppression resources to travel safely to and throughout the incident. A forest closure order can be expected for the trails and roads in and around the fire area.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Code Red ‘Go’ for the communities of Crown King, Minnehaha, Horsethief Cabins and any private inholdings in and around the fire area. There are evacuations currently in effect. For information on the Code Red alerts issued you can visit the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for updates or call (928) 771-3321 or to sign up for Code Red notifications visit Yavapai County Code Red Notification.
Resources: 1- Air Attack, 3 – Air Tankers, 3 – Helicopter, 4 – Hotshot Crew, 3 – Type 2 IA Crew, 10– Engines. Miscellaneous Overhead
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Location: 7 Miles Northwest of Crown King; 18 miles south of Prescott, AZ on the Bradshaw Ranger District (T1N, R2W, S24)
Start Date: October 15, 2020
Size: 3,500 Acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Cause: Under Investigation
Vegetation: Juniper, Chaparral and Timber
Weather: Maximum temperatures ranging from 84-86 degrees, minimum relative humidity 8%-11, Morning northeast winds 6 to 10 mph with gusts to 15 mph becoming variable at 6 to 8 mph, afternoon winds will shift to the west to southwest around 8 to 10 mph.