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Firefighters contain wildfire south of Prescott

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Prescott National Forest firefighters contained a 28-acre wildfire south of Prescott Monday that they believe lightning sparked about a week earlier.

The Yankee Fire was burning along Longfellow Ridge, about 13 miles south of Prescott and three miles south of the historic Palace Station stage stop.

Firefighters found a tree with a fresh lightning strike where the fire appeared to have originated, said Jennifer Coleman, fire prevention officer.

She noted that firefighters monitoring the Ash Creek prescribed burn in the same area Nov. 9 were forced to leave because of frequent lightning. Prescott received rain and hail that day.

A citizen walking along Yankee Doodle Trail reported the fire on Nov. 15, Coleman said. It probably had been smoldering in the brush throughout the week, she said.

Prescott National Forest officials issued a press release announcing the fire Monday morning.

Approximately 20 firefighters contained the fire by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Coleman said.