Type 1 Incident Management Team Assumes Command of the Tussock Fire

Acres: 3,500

Percent Containment: 0%

Date/Time Detected: May 8, 2021. 2:15 PM

Structures burned: 0

Number of Resources: 226

Cause: Unknown, under investigation

Origin/Location: 7 miles southwest of Crown King.

Southwest Type 1 Team 2, led by Incident Commander Dave Bales, assumed management of the fire this morning. The team will assess the current situation and add to the great work already completed by the Type 3 team.  The fire actively moved up hill yesterday with the dry windy conditions.   Challenges the team will be assessing include the rugged topography and the alignment of drainages combined with anticipated weather.  Additional resources and personnel are arriving to assist with the firefighting effort.

EVACUATIONS ORDERED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: Minnehaha, Fort Misery, and Horse Thief Basin. Crown King remains at SET. Residents should begin preparing in the event an evacuation order is issued.  Crown King is closed to non-residents. There is shelter set up at the Mayer High School.  More information on READY-SET-GO: https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

Area residents should sign up with the Yavapai County Emergency Notification System – Code Red to receive any emergency alerts.


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. As a reminder to the public, with the increased fire vehicles in the area, for public and firefighter safety people should not travel into any of the fire area.


There is a Public Safety Closure on the Prescott National Forest currently.

There is also a Public Land Closure on the BLM Phoenix District within the Hassayampa Field Office.

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone.  As a reminder, every time a drone is seen near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

We greatly appreciate the requests wanting to donate to the firefighters!  Our wildland fire crews are well equipped and cared for.  No Donations are needed, and we cannot accept donations.

Fire Information Public Phone Line: 928-228-0720                              YCSO Phone Line: (928-771-3260)

Fire Information Media Phone Line: 928-421-4579

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7472/

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