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Mon, Oct. 21

Rains hit fire, county

While widespread rains missed the Lincoln fire near Crown King on Wednesday and Thursday, it finally got its turn Friday.

By Friday afternoon, the U.S. Forest Service was predicting the 41-acre wildfire would be contained by that evening.

It is located only a half-mile northeast of at least one home in Crown King, where homes are scattered on large lots.

The Prescott airport recorded a record rainfall for Wednesday of 0.63 inches, breaking the record of 0.52 inches from 1969. Much of that rain actually fell Tuesday night.

Friday was what forecasters call an "active weather day" in Yavapai County.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings and watches, as well as severe thunderstorm warnings and watches, for various parts of the county.

By 4:15 p.m. Friday, the only report of northern Arizona flooding that came into the National Weather Service was for the East Verde River area near Payson and Pine in Gila County.

That storm was moving west toward Yavapai County, prompting a severe thunderstorm warning for east central Yavapai County.

The Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for north central Yavapai County Friday as thunderstorms with heavy rain moved along the Interstate 40 corridor near Ash Fork and Seligman.

Because of the numerous storms, the Weather Service also issued a flood watch Friday for all of Yavapai County through 6 a.m. today.

The Weather Service expects the rainy weather to continue throughout the coming week, with a 50-percent chance of thunderstorms today and Sunday followed by a 40-percent chance Monday through Friday.

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