Significant containment achieved in Tussock Fire – Evacuations Lifted

Acres: 5517
Percent Containment: 71%
Date/Time Detected: May 8, 2021. 2:15 PM
Structures burned: 0

Number of Resources: 477

Cause: Human-under investigation
Origin/Location: 7 miles southwest of Crown King.

Firefighters made significant strides Thursday around most of the Tussock Fire, now at 71% containment. Despite it being the hottest day with little humidity and more winds, all containment lines held well. Pockets of light fuel are burning within the fire’s perimeter producing some smoke. Firefighters are patrolling, monitoring, and securing the fire’s edge. The weather is expected to challenge those containment lines today and tomorrow.

Winds are forecast to pick up, potentially to a Red Flag status and could challenge firefighters working on the north ridgeline. This area is too dangerous to insert crews due to steep terrain. The fire has parked itself there and is being monitored by air. This area has the most potential for fire spread. Heavy equipment continues to build and improve the contingency line and open access if needed.


Incident officials held a virtual Community Meeting on Facebook Thursday night, providing in-depth fire behavior, weather, and operations information. The briefing was recorded and can be seen anytime at

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office lifted evacuations May 13, 2021 for the areas of Fort Misery, Minnehaha, and Horse Thief Basin. All residents in Crown King, Fort Misery, Minnehaha, and Horse Thief Basin should remain in “Ready” Status. Crown King roads remain closed to all non-residents.

All BLM and Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails in the area of the Tussock Fire are closed. Full closures details are available on the Tussock Fire Inciweb


Public Information Phone Line (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.): 928-228-0720

Media Information Phone Line: 928-421-4579


YCSO Phone Line: (928-771-3260)

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