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24 June 2018   Scott Luedeman, PFD Battalion Chief

Wildland fire and a hiker in distress

On Saturday, June 23, 2018 at about 9:30 AM, the Prescott Regional Communications Center received 911 calls for a reported wildland fire on Highway 89 near milepost 317. Prescott Fire Department responded with Engine 73, Patrol 73, Engine 74, and Battalion 1. Arriving crews found about ¼ acre burning off to the side of the highway. The fire was extinguished quickly and crews remained on scene for about an hour putting out any remaining hot spots. The cause of the fire is undetermined. 

While cleaning up from the wildland fire at approximately 10:50 AM, the Prescott Regional Communications Center received a report of a hiker who was suffering from heat related problems after hiking on the trail system around Watson Lake. We were able to break one of our engines free from the wildland fire. We responded with Engine 73, Engine 72, Support 74, Battalion 1, and Life Line Ambulance to the area of Watson Lake. Our dispatch center was able to determine the hiker’s location by triangulating the person’s cell phone. We determined that our best access was off the Peavine Trail at the north end of Watson Lake. It took crews about 45 minutes to make access to the person. Crews gave the person water and it was determined that we would assist the person with hiking out. Overall the incident took about 2 hours to complete, and the person didn’t require any medical treatment. 

With hot temperatures upon us Prescott Fire department would like to remind everyone that before going out on the trails, make sure you carry a charged cell phone. Please plan for the day’s weather by dressing appropriately and carry plenty of water and food for the day’s activities. Know your limitations and don’t hike beyond your experience level.