PRESCOTT – A quarter-acre brush fire along Highway 69 near the Lowes store Monday, April 18, was started by a warming fire that was not completely extinguished, a Prescott Fire spokesman said.
Firefighters were called out to the area about 10:45 a.m. and using hoses from two fire engines, quickly got the fire under control, Firefighter/Paramedic Conrad Jackson said. They called for a Central Yavapai Fire District water tender because there are no hydrants in that location, and then began to construct a handline around the fire as a safety measure.
Traffic was restricted on Highway 69 westbound for about two hours while the crews worked on the handline and then checked for hotspots from the fire.
“Investigation found a small warming fire in the bottom of the drainage which had been inadequately put out as the point of origin,” Jackson said. “The fire department would like to remind everyone that despite the recent rains of last week, light fuels such as grasses and pine needles can dry back out within an hour and once again become a fuel source, as evidenced by today’s event.”