Arizona Wildfires Update – July 8, 2021

Tiger Fire

[There seems to be some confusion as to whether the Crown King Road, County Road 59, is open or closed. It was closed this morning, but then opened by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s office.]

Working with fire incident command, the decision was made to place the Crown King area in ”Set” status. There is NO IMMEDIATE THREAT to these areas but based on the fire’s location, fire behavior, and possible weather impacts on the fire you should follow the guidance below.

The decision to change evacuation statuses and for which areas are made carefully and based on many factors with input from all partners. YCSO has assigned a liaison to the Crown King Fire Incident Management Team and should the need arise to move to a “go” status, notifications will be sent out via the Code Red system and on our Facebook page.

New River School (48827 N. Black Canyon Highway, New River, AZ) will be available as a shelter if needed.

Just as a reminder:

“Ready” status means-  you are aware of and monitoring fire activity in your area. You should have basic plans in place for yourselves, important documents, medications, pets and livestock in the event that a “Go” message is received.

“Set” status means- knowing there is significant danger in your area – residents should consider voluntarily relocating to a shelter or with family/friends outside the affected area. Residents should avoid close contact with those who are sick and should practice public health recommendations when relocating.  Grab your emergency go kit. Keep in mind unique needs for your family or special equipment for pets and livestock. Stay aware of the latest news and information from public safety and public health officials.

GO! – “Evacuate” -The danger in your area is current and life-threatening. Residents should evacuate immediately to a shelter or to family/friends outside of the affected area. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand emergency services may not be able to assist you further. Follow instructions from emergency personnel, stay on assigned routes and avoid closed areas.

Fire activity increased yesterday from the effects of a high-pressure weather system moving over Arizona, resulting in higher temperatures and lower humidity. Smoke columns within the fire perimeter were more visible. Crews completed a firing operation on the western perimeter to moderate fire movement westward into Horse Thief Basin. Fire activity increased yesterday from the effects of a high-pressure weather system moving over Arizona, resulting in higher temperatures and lower humidity. Smoke columns within the fire perimeter were more visible. Crews completed a firing operation on the western perimeter to moderate fire movement westward into Horse Thief Basin.

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Bottom Fire

Size: 4,828 acres
Containment: 80%
Cause: Lightning
Location: 7 miles west of Bylas, AZ
Start Date: June 28, 2021
Incident Personnel: 145
Incident Commander: Ryan Barela

Highlights:
The Central West Team 3 Incident Management  will take command of the Bottom Fire, at 7:00 AM on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Operations: Fire crews continued with suppression securing US 70 and Rte 3. Crews will be securing the areas around power poles, structures and also the Rail Road tracks.

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