Storm Sparks Eight Fires on North End of Prescott National Forest

Location:  Eight different fires across the north end of the Chino Valley Ranger District 

Start Date: 6/17/2021-6/18/2021 

Size:  Rock Butte -120 acres, Red Hat – 49 acres, Limestone – 33 acres, Silent – 26 acres, Rafael – 9 acres, Sandflat – 5 acres, Archibald – 3 acres, Hornet – 1 acre 

Percent Contained:   Varies among fires 

Cause: Lightning 

Vegetation: Grass, Brush, and Pinyon juniper

Summary:  Fire managers’ main objective today is determining access routes for the various fires. Yesterday they were able to put retardant on several of the fires. All of the fires were started by the lightning storm that passed through on Thursday. Due to the extreme drought conditions, all fires are being managed in a full suppression mode. Some of the fires are in remote locations and are being monitored via air until ground crews can gain access.

The Silent and Rock Butte Fires are just north of Paulden. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has issued a “ready status for the area north of Paulden . Under “ready” conditions, residents are asked to stay informed through local media and public safety officials. ( ).

Red Hat and Limestone Fires lie a few miles to the northwest of Paulden. The Rafael Fire lies about 2 miles north of Perkinsville; the Sand Flat, Archibald and Horney Fires lie 3-4 miles north of Perkinsville.

Resources:   1-Air Attack, 1-Type 3 Helicopter, 3-Engines, 2-Hotshot Crews, 1-Fire Crew

Weather:  Hot very dry conditions through Sunday with temperatures peaking in the afternoons around 100 and overnight to early morning temps in the 60’s, relative humidity ranging from 10-30%, winds out of the East at 5 MPH, shifting in the afternoon to the West up to 20 mph. There is a 0% chance for precipitation to occur in the area.

Closures: None at this time.


  • If You Fly, We Can’t  
  • Stage II Fire Restrictions are in effect across the Prescott National Forest 

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