Tussock Fire Update – May 16th, 2021

Acres: 5546

Percent Containment: 82%
Date/Time Detected: May 8, 2021. 2:15 PM

Structures burned: 0
Number of Resources: 342

Cause: Human-under investigation

Origin/Location: 7 miles southwest of Crown King.


The potential for new wildfires in the southwest is extreme this weekend. Fire officials are preparing for potential dry lightning moving in from New Mexico with high temperatures, single digit humidity, and wind gusts as high as 35 mph. While enjoying our public lands this weekend, please be careful and obey closures and restrictions. You do not want to be responsible for a catastrophic wildfire.


On the Tussock Fire, interior pockets continue to smolder well inside the containment lines. Firefighters continue to build and improve fire containment lines by removing fuel down to mineral soil along the fire’s edge. A “Mop up” method is being used along the fire’s edge to widen the control buffer by mixing and stirring the hot ashes with water utilizing hand tools. Crews continue to monitor, patrol, and secure the perimeter.

Around the community of Crown King and the Horse Thief Basin area, suppression repair work is being performed where contingency lines were built. Chippers are shredding the cut manzanita and chaparral, then it is spread out to support soil and foliage regeneration.


Fire Restrictions are in effect across Arizona. Information is available at http://wildlandfire.az.gov


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

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