Tussock Fire Public Safety Closure Lifted on Prescott National Forest Lands, Fire 91% contained

Effective Tuesday, May 18th at 6:00 am, the Prescott National Forest will lift the Tussock Fire Public Safety Closure.

Public Lands within the BLM Hassayampa Field Office remain closed to include the following roads and areas:

(1) Castle Hot Springs Road at the Crown King Road (Trail)/Cow Creek Road Junction.

(2) Cow Creek Road, the entire length between Table Mesa Road and Crown King Road

(Trail)

(3) Buckhorn Road (from Constellation Road to Champie Road)

(4) Wagoner Road at Hozoni Ranch Road

(5) Lake Pleasant Airstrip area

Know Before You Go! We would like to remind the public that fire restrictions across Arizona began on Friday, May 14th 2021.  Current state and federal fire restriction information is available at http://wildlandfire.az.gov

 Tussock Fire Information: 

Yesterday, despite the windy day with 40 mph gusts, there were no new starts in the initial attack responsibility area of the Tussock Fire. While higher relative humidity kept the area from reaching Red Flag weather conditions, the potential for new large wildfires exists.

 The fire’s over all complexity continues to lessen. The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team #2 will begin to demobilize or reassign personnel and equipment ahead of transitioning the fire to a local incident management organization to complete remaining tasks. The transition will take place tomorrow at 6:00 a.m.

 Firefighters will continue to monitor, secure and patrol the fire line. As a majority of firefighters are released throughout the day, engines, hand crews and 2 helicopters will remain assigned to the fire.

 Heavy equipment completed road improvements on Forest Road 362 from Hooper Saddle to Minnehaha on Sunday. The crews used dozers and graders to level the road and masticators to remove brush along the roadside. This road improvement will allow for better access to future fires. Chippers also completed their assignments around the community of Crown King. Heavy equipment and personnel will be released this afternoon as the team continues to downsize.

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