Weekend Recreationists Encouraged to Practice Fire Safety

Tussock Fire

Acres: 5546
Percent Containment: 74%
Date/Time Detected: May 8, 2021. 2:15 PM
Structures burned: 0
Number of Resources: 419
Cause: Human-under investigation
Origin/Location: 7 miles southwest of Crown King.

As valley temperatures increase, people are headed to public lands north of Phoenix this weekend. Incident officials are asking that motorists drive slowly and stay out of the fire closure areas. People can prevent human-caused fires by practicing these safety measures:

  • Tighten towing chains to not drag on I-17 or any pavement; the chains can easily spark a fire.
  • Pull vehicles over where there is no vegetation; vehicle heat can ignite the drought-stricken grasses.
  • OHV operators must stay on trails. Vegetation where they ride can easily ignite.

FIRE OPERATIONS

Today no fire movement or growth is expected despite a second day of hot temperatures. The forecast shows low humidity and winds gusting to 40 miles per hours, resulting in critical fire conditions, especially on the ridge of Silver Mountain. Crews are remaining vigilant all around the fire, monitoring,   patrolling, and securing the control lines.

The southern fire perimeter has essentially run out of fuels and isolated hot spots are burning themselves out. Up in the northern areas, smoldering isolated hot spots are in steep and rocky areas that are well interior of control lines. They do not pose a hazard to containment. These hot spots should burn out on their own within the next two to three days.

Officials are preparing for potential dry lightning, and firefighters are available for initial attack of new fire starts.

PUBLIC LAND CLOSURES

All BLM and Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails in the area of the Tussock Fire are closed. Full closure details are available on the Tussock Fire Inciweb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7472/

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

Media Information Phone Line: 928-421-4579

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TussockFireInfo

 

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