Originally Published: May 16, 2018 12:13 p.m.
Updated as of Wednesday, May 16, 2018 2:40 PM
A wildfire that started just south of Walker Wednesday morning, May 16, led to the evacuation of residents located off of Bluff Road east of Poachers Way.
Residents in the area were considered to be in significant danger if they did not evacuate, said Marcie Slay, Public Information Officer with Yavapai County Emergency Management
“Gather necessary items and go,” Slay said in an emergency alert to residents in the area during the incident.
Other residents in the area north of Comstock Mine Road and East of Walker Road were warned they may need to evacuate as well, but their evacuation did not become necessary as the day wore on.
Shelter for the evacuated residents had been set up at Yavapai College’s campus in Prescott while the evacuations were active. All evacuations were lifted by 3 p.m., according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO).
The wildfire - which crews began responding to at about 10:30 a.m. - was at about 2 acres by 11:35 a.m., according to the YCSO. By that time, firefighters reported about 25 percent containment – meaning 25 percent of the wildfire’s perimeter was considered no longer dangerous. By 4:30 p.m., the wildfire was still only 25 percent contained.
Since the wildfire started on private land in an unincorporated area of Yavapai County, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management headed up the operation. They were supported by the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority, the Prescott National Forest and the Groom Creek Fire District.
As of 4:30 p.m., only one home was damaged.
“Preliminary information indicates the area around the home is where the fire originated,” said YCSO spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn.
The official name for the wildfire is the Bluff Fire. The cause is under investigation.