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Wind-driven wildfire quickly moving northeast of Prescott
Firefighters jump on response; no homes at risk yet

A fire burning north of Highway 89A is moving through grasslands between Prescott and Prescott Valley Monday afternoon, Jan. 21. Firefighters are working the flames.
Photo by Les Stukenberg.

A fire burning north of Highway 89A is moving through grasslands between Prescott and Prescott Valley Monday afternoon, Jan. 21. Firefighters are working the flames.

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A wildfire was reported north of Highway 89A near Granite Dells Parkway shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21.

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Westbound Highway 89A is backed up while firefighters handle a wildfire just north of the highway Monday afternoon, Jan. 21.

Firefighter crews are working a wildfire burning north of Highway 89A between Prescott and Prescott Valley.

The fire was first reported around 1:50 p.m. near Granite Dells Parkway and it quickly began moving northeast, driven by 20 mph winds.

As of 2:30 p.m., the fire - titled the Prescott Valley Fire - had burned about 300 acres of grassland, said Rick Chase, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority Fire Marshall.

“It’s moving toward the Poquito Valley area, but still a good distance away from there,” Chase said. “We're very lucky there are no neighborhoods or houses in the immediate area.”

Drivers should expect delays on the Highway between Granite Dells Parkway and Glassford Hill Road until the blaze is out.

Watch the Courier for updates on the fire.

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