The Tussock Fire is burning 7 miles Southwest of Crown King

From InciWeb (as of 4:30 pm Sunday afternoon):

The Tussock Fire started on the afternoon of May 8, approximately 8 miles southwest of Crown King. The fire was mapped this morning (May 9) at 2,448 acres and has reached the Prescott National Forest boundary. Due to lack of moisture, hot, dry, windy conditions, and rugged terrain, a Type 1 Incident Management Team had been ordered to assist with incident management.

Visitors are being asked to avoid the area to allow residents to maneuver as needed and to allow firefighters and equipment to get into the fire area.

While the incident is visible from I-17, there are NO direct impacts or road closures on I-17 as a result of this fire.

ALERT – GO Order for Evacuation has been issued for: Minnehaha, Fort Misery, and Horse Thief Basin.

Crown King is now at SET and should begin preparing in the event an evacuation order is issued.

Area Closures: Crown King is closed to non-residents.

Road Closures: Closure of some forest roads in the area of Old Senator highway at the junctions of FR 362 and FR 192 near Crown King; Senator Hwy (FR 52) between Hooper Saddle (FR 362) and Crown King (FR 259). Additionally, the area of Cow Tank road, that leads to FR 711 near Lake Pleasant has been closed to the public.

Evacuation Center: The Arizona Red Cross has established an Evacuation Center at Mayer High School at 17300 E Mule Deer Dr, Mayer, AZ 86333

As of late Sunday afternoon, the fire has burned 2,448 acres.

The public information team for the Tussock fire has set up its own Facebook page HERE.

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