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.
Prescott National Forest
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 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.
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.
Acres: Approximately 7,512 acres
Percent Containment: 47 %
Start Date: July 14, 2019
Origin Location: 16 Miles South of Prescott, AZ
Jurisdiction: Prescott National Forest