The Castle Fire's acreage continues to hold at 16,538 for the third day in a row. Precipitation and increased humidity have affected fire behavior causing a temporary stall in the fire's growth. With warm, dry days in the forecast, the fire may regain momentum and continue its path through remaining unburned fuels in the area of Lookout Canyon.
The Castle Fire remains mildly active as intermittent pulses of precipitation visit the fire area with increasing frequency. The forest floor on the eastern half of the fire is blackened and recent rain showers have evenly saturated most of that area. The evidence of the wildfire is found deep within isolated smoldering stumps that are scattered throughout the area.
The Prescott National Forest Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has finished its assessment of the impacts of the Cellar Fire which is now 100% contained. The assessment identified areas of severe burn and potential threats to human life and safety, property, and potential threats to important cultural and natural resources.
The Prescott National Forest Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has started its initial assessment of the impacts of the Cellar Fire. The BAER program is designed to identify and manage potential risks to resources on National Forest System lands and lessen these threats through appropriate emergency actions to protect human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources.
The Cellar Fire poses minimal threat to structures or other local infrastructure and will continue to be monitored by air. Aerial patrol flights observed minimal smoke coming from the fire and interior hot spots near Blind Indian Creek drainage. Smoke may be visible as interior pockets of fuel continue to burn.
Today crews continued with suppression repair and chipping. Palace Station has been returned to pre-fire condition.
The fire area received approximately a tenth of an inch of rain overnight. Throughout the course of the night, light rain covered majority of the fire area. Overnight relative humidity recovery was good, ranging from 70 to 80 percent. Fuels on the fire are receptive to this type of moisture, diminishing the probability of active fire behavior.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the ‘READY’ notification. All READY notifications for the communities of Pine Flat, Walker, Groom Creek, Wolf Creek, Potato Patch, Indian Creek and Crown King have been lifted. Stay aware of the latest news and information from local media, your local fire department and public safety officials. You can also visit the Sheriff's Office Web Page and Facebook for updates.