According to Dwight D'Evelyn, Communications Director for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, the operator of the drone that caused the aircraft to be downed during operations, has been arrested. More information will be forthcoming.
Location: Bradshaw Ranger District of Prescott National Forest; 14 miles south of Prescott, AZ (T12N R1W, S28)
Start date: June 24, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Size: Approximately 25,714 acres
Percent Contained: 44%
Cause: Under Investigation
Resources Assigned: Approximately 1,222 personnel
Vegetation: Predominantly dense chaparral and Ponderosa pine stands in drainages.
Fire crews constructed a large amount of fireline yesterday in a critical part of the fire on top of Big Bug Mesa. After reviewing the day’s accomplishment, Operations Section Chief, Todd Abel, said “We are setup for success.”
Plans for Saturday: Bulldozers will continue to create contingency firelines north of the fire in order to protect Dewey in the event the fire moves across existing firelines.
Crews will continue mopping up where the fire burned along the SR69 side of the fire. Firefighters will also start rehabilitating firelines and removing equipment in areas where the fire has been contained. They will continue to patrol these areas of the fire and will remain in place to protect Breezy Pine Canyon and Pine Flat.
Slightly stronger winds from the southwest are expected today. The fire continues to move very slowly into sparse vegetation located in an old S.A. Hill fire scar. The fire only grew by 472 acres yesterday.
Evacuation information: Although some evacuations have been lifted and roads reopened, property owners are urged to remain vigilant and monitor fire news. There is still active fire behavior, particularly in the northern portion of the fire, and conditions can change easily if impacted by high wind events.
Evacuations have been lifted for some areas: At 10 am this morning, July 1, 2017, evacuation orders were lifted for the following communities/areas: Blue Hills (power has been restored), Upper Blue Hills (power has been restored), Dewey/Humboldt all areas west of SR 69 south to mile post 280. (west Poland Junction remains under evacuation)
These communities remain under mandatory evacuation: SR 69 - west side from Grapevine Road north to Milepost 280, Poland Junction- west side, Pine Flat, Breezy Pines, Walker, Potato Patch, Mount Union, Mountain Pine Acres.
Please note: The Blue Hills/Upper Blue Hills area has fire suppression sprinklers that were installed by firefighters in various portions of the community. Please keep these areas clear and allow fire officials access to do their work.
For additional information regarding evacuations and pre-evacuations please call the Yavapai County Emergency Operation Center at (928) 442-5103, 7am – 7pm.