Acres: 9537 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)
Prescott National Forest Assumes Control of Horse Fire Monday. Type 1 Incident Management Team wraps up operations.
The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 2 will transition the Horse Fire back to the Prescott National Forest on Monday, October 26, 2020. This will be the final update from the Southwest Team 2; further updates and information on the Horse Fire will be provided by the Prescott National Forest.
A smaller number of firefighters and engines remain to work with the Forest in its on-going operations to monitor the Horse Fire. Heavy equipment is still being used to improve FSR 58 and FSR 52, and crews are chipping downed trees and clearing vegetation.
A winter storm front is still on track to impact the fire area this weekend and early next week. Temperatures will drop sharply, and humidity will increase making good conditions to aid in wildland firefighting. Winds will increase Monday on mountain ridges reaching 40 miles per hour, yet no fire growth is anticipated. Smoke may be seen or increase up on the northern edge of the fire as heavy timber continues to molder within the fire perimeter. There is no threat of fire spread.
The public and residents of Crown King are reminded that an area closure for the Horse Fire remains in effect. Even though deer season is underway, hunters are asked to stay out of the closure area which includes portions of Game Unit 20A/B. Please view the Fire Area Closure Map to see what portion of the unit is closed.