There has been significant progress in the suppression of the Horse Fire. With 49% containment, the western perimeter is secure. Crews successfully extinguished all heat sources on the southern tip and southeastern area. Heavy equipment is being used to improve FSR 58 and FSR52, making it accessible to emergency vehicles. There is no new growth or movement of the fire.
The only remaining heat and smoke are well within the interior of the northeast corner of the fire, which is inaccessible. Aircraft is being used to monitor the interior pockets of heat which will smolder until a rain/snow-ending event.
With containment up and threats reduced, resources are slowly being released Friday and Saturday. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fires edge looking for any remaining heat and hazards; and begin to start working on suppression repair such as chipping trees that were cut for firebreaks.
In Crown King, firefighters are breaking down sprinklers and removing equipment as the risk of fire is greatly reduced. No structures are damaged or destroyed. The Yavapai County Sherriff’s (YCSO) office is evaluating evacuation orders today. For information on evacuations please call YCSO at 928-771-3260.
The southern half of the Prescott National Forest remains in an emergency closure. Although deer season opens today, hunters are asked to stay out of the closure area (Game Unit 20A/B). Please call Arizona Game and Fish for more information at 602-942-3000.
Acres: 9536 acres
Vegetation: Juniper, Chaparral and Timber
Start Date: Oct. 15, 2020: noon
Cause: Human, Under Investigation
Origin Location: 7 Miles Northwest of Crown King; 18 miles south of Prescott, AZ on the Bradshaw Ranger District (T1N, R2W, S24)
Public Phone 928-235-2061 (6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
Media Phone: 928-499-4736
Email: [email protected]
Forest Closure: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7244/58100/