Horse Fire Update as of 10/18/2020

Location: 7 miles northwest of Crown King, AZ; 18 miles south of Prescott, AZ on the Bradshaw Ranger District

Size: 8,950 acres

Type 1 Incident Management Team Assumes Command. As of Sunday morning, October 18, 2020, the local Type 3 Team turned over command of the Horse Fire to a Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team with additional firefighters and support arriving in Crown King, AZ.

The Horse Fire is actively burning in tall dense vegetation and difficult terrain.  Airtankers and helicopters have been essential in slowing the spread of the fire as firefighters work to gain access. The fire is in a remote section of the forest with steep and rugged terrain.

The Horse fire is under full suppression tactics as crews continue to use aircraft to slow the rate of spread and scout for holding features to use as containment lines.

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 Closer Order (Order Number: 03-09-03-21-271) is in place 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.

The American Red Cross has set up assistance for anyone affected by these evacuations. Those affected by the Horse Fire evacuation call the American Red Cross to arrange for assistance: 928-842-7349

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