Arizona Wildfires Update – July 12, 2021

Tiger Fire

Size: 16,246 acres

Containment: 43%

Cause: Lightning

Location: 11 miles east of Crown King

Start Date: June 30, 2021, 3:45 p.m.

Incident Commander: Dave Gesser

Incident Personnel: 319

FIRE CLOSURES: The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Prescott National Forest have closed County Road 177 and national forest lands generally south of County Road 177 from Mayer west to Palace Station, except for Crown King residents with identification.

Fire activity declined Sunday with increased humidity over the Tiger Fire. Although area thunderstorms to date have not supplied significant rain on the fire, they have been a daily event in the surrounding area and have increased humidity levels. The effect has been diminished fire activity as lighter fuels absorb moisture associated with higher humidity and quickly becoming less flammable and unavailable to ignite larger fuels.

Remaining heat exists in the Dead Cow Springs area and south to Horsethief Basin, all on the Tiger Fire’s western flank. There were also some interior isolated smoke columns appearing within the fire footprint as isolated pockets of fuel continued burning.

The fire operations plan consists of a robust initial attack division to handle anticipated local lightning and continued point protection and suppression repair work on Crown King and Horsethief Basin roads.

Crown King residents may encounter traffic delays from grading and mastication work along roads leading into and out of their community.

EVACUATIONS: Crown King and the Lorena Gulch Cabins remain in “SET” and Horsethief Basin is in “GO” status in accordance with Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go Program.

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Buzzard Fire

Passing thunderstorms yesterday evening ignited a wildfire 5 miles south of Ponderosa Park in the Hassayampa drainage; east of Wilhoit (T12N, R3W, S11).  The Buzzard Fire is approximately 100 acres.  There are three Type 1 crews, one Type 2 IA crew, three engines and 2 helicopters currently assigned to the fire.  Firefighters are focusing on slowing forward progression of the fire as quickly and safely as possible.  There are no values at risk in the immediate fire area.

Several roads in the fire area are closed for public and firefighter safety; Forest Road (FR) 72, FR71, FR701, FR 73, FR53, FR166, FR97B, FR52B and FR81.

For information on the Prescott National Forest, check out the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Middle Fire

Current as of 7/12/2021, 8:44:03 PM
Cause: Lightning
Date of Origin: Tuesday June 29th, 2021 approx. 03:00 PM
Location: 3 miles west of the Verde River, 3 miles northeast of Red Creek Ranch
Incident Commander: Carl Schwope, SW IMT 4
Total Personnel: 176
Size: 2,792 Acres

Fire is active in the head of Squaw Creek and above the Verde River. Fire is fuel driven and taking advantage of terrain to spread.

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