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Granite Creek Park Fire - Again

27 April 2016   Conrad Jackson, PFD

2nd Granite Creek Park Fire in less than a week.

  At roughly 12:30pm this afternoon the Prescott Regional Dispatch Center began receiving calls for a wildland fire in Granite Creek Park under the bridge.  Prescott Fire’s Engine 72 was first to arrive and was able to extend a hose line through the park on the east and under the bridge to the fire which was located on the west side of the bridge.  

The fire was burning in grasses and cottonwood litter and being pushed by today’s gusty winds.  

Engine 71 was able to park on the bridge and extend a second hose line down to the fire and help get the fire surrounded with water.  To protect the safety of firefighters and drivers in the area, the bridge had to be closed for a brief time due to the smoke’s impact on visibility. 

This fire is the second in a week in the park and the previously burned area assisted in slowing down the forward progress of the fire today. 

Several youth were observed fleeing the scene and their descriptions have been given to the police department for follow up.  The gusty winds helped push the fire around today, resulting in a quarter-acre fire.  

Crews were able to get a knock down on the fire in ten minutes but had to stay another hour to construct a hand line around the fire and put out any remaining hot spots.  

Citizens need to exercise extreme caution with any burning materials as the fire danger is still moderate despite the cooler temperatures which tend to lead to complacency.