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Update: Sheriff's Office moves Crown King to 'Set' evac status

The view from the Horsethief Lookout on July 5, 2021. (Inciweb)

The view from the Horsethief Lookout on July 5, 2021. (Inciweb)

UPDATE, Wednesday afternoon:

Working with fire incident command, the decision was made to place the Crown King area in ”Set” status, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reported.

There is "no immediate threat" to these areas but based on the fire’s location, fire behavior, and possible weather impacts on the fire you should follow the guidance below, a news release stated.

The decision to change evacuation statuses and for which areas are made carefully and based on many factors with input from all partners. YCSO has assigned a liaison to the Crown King Fire Incident Management Team and should the need arise to move to a “go” status, notifications will be sent out via the Code Red system and on the YCSO Facebook page.

New River School, 48827 N. Black Canyon Highway, New River, will be available as a shelter if needed.

Please make sure you sign up for the Sheriff’s Office's Code Red at https://www.ycsoaz.gov/.../Emergency-Notification-System.

REMINDER

  • “Ready” status means you are aware of and monitoring fire activity in your area. You should have basic plans in place for yourselves, important documents, medications, pets and livestock in the event that a “Go” message is received.
  • “Set” status means knowing there is significant danger in your area - residents should consider voluntarily relocating to a shelter or with family/friends outside the affected area. Residents should avoid close contact with those who are sick and should practice public health recommendations when relocating. Grab your emergency go-kit. Keep in mind unique needs for your family or special equipment for pets and livestock. Stay aware of the latest news and information from public safety and public health officials.
  • GO! – “Evacuate” The danger in your area is current and life-threatening. Residents should evacuate immediately to a shelter or to family/friends outside of the affected area. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand emergency services may not be able to assist you further. Follow instructions from emergency personnel, stay on assigned routes and avoid closed areas.

For more information, visit https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go or https://ready.gov.

UPDATE, Wednesday morning:

Public Information: 928-925-1111

Email: 2021.tiger@firenet.gov

Size: 12,133 acres

Containment:  0%

Cause: Lightning

Location: 11 miles east of Crown King

Start Date: June 30, 3:45 p.m.

Incident Commander: Dave Gesser

Incident Personnel: 323

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Crown King community meeting in-person today, July 7, at 6 p.m. Location: Crown King Fire District - 397 Main Street, Crown King

ROAD CLOSURES

At the request of the incident management team, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has closed the Crown King Road, County Road 59 between Crown King and Cleator effective at 8 a.m. today, July 7, except for fire related personnel. Access to Crown King remains via Goodwin Road, County Road 177 to Senator Highway, Forest Road 52.

High-clearance vehicles are recommended for travel on alternative routes into the community including Forest Road 711 and County Road 60 through Wagoner.

The road has been closed for the safety of firefighters using heavy equipment working along County Road 59 in the closure area. Bumble Bee road remains closed from Black Canyon City to the junction of County Roads 179 and 178.

Fire activity increased Tuesday from the effects of a high-pressure weather system moving over Arizona, resulting in higher temperatures and lower humidity. Smoke columns within the fire perimeter were more visible. Crews completed a firing operation on the western perimeter to moderate fire movement westward into Horse Thief Basin.

Wednesday, crews are continuing to prepare for a contingency firing operation off County Road 59 between Cleator and Crown King should conditions require that tactic in coming days and will monitoring last night’s firing operation on the eastern border of Horse Thief Basin. Others are patrolling, extinguishing hotspots, and securing the eastern perimeter of the fire.

WEATHER

Forecasts indicate a warming and drying trend this week, which will continue to aggravate fire activity.

EVACUATIONS

Presently the communities of Crown King, Cleator and portions of Black Canyon City are in “READY” status, Lorena Gulch Cabins are in “SET” status and Horsethief Basin is in “GO” status in accordance with Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go Program https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go.

FOREST CLOSURES

Arizona’s publicly managed lands are in widely different levels of closure/restrictions. Those planning to visit Arizona’s outdoors should consult appropriate land management agency web sites immediately prior to planning a trip to determine current restrictions and emergency fire area closures. Visit: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions for current restrictions.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

The Tiger Fire continues to burn on its north and west perimeters, and has neared 12,000 acres, according to a news release from forest officials Tuesday.

ANNOUNCEMENT

A Facebook Live community meeting is set for Tuesday, July 6, at 8 p.m. with the IC and Operations, Prescott National Forest Facebook Page.

The Prescott National Forest Service reports Tuesday morning, July 6, the public can call 928-925-1111 or email 2021.tiger@firenet.gov for information.

CONTAINMENT

The lightning-caused fire remains zero-percent contained, about 11 miles east of Crown King. It started June 30 at about 3:45 p.m.

“The Tiger Fire remains active particularly on the north and west perimeters. Crews continue to hold and enhance fire lines on the south and east sides of the fire. Direct suppression activities on the western flank of the fire may not occur until it moves out of the wilderness and onto more favorable terrain. Protection of life is the highest priority,” a news release stated.

Fire behavior may increase over the next two to three days, according to fire officials, as forecasted relative humidity decreases.

“Scouting, planning and structure assessments continue in Black Canyon City, identifying structures at risk and their protection. Crews continue developing containment strategies, preparing for potential burnouts from control lines along roads and other features as well as continuing structure protection plans in Horsethief Basin and other areas of the fire,” a news release stated.

Access into the Castle Creek Wilderness is limited by the steep terrain making it unsafe for firefighters to engage the fire directly at its edge. Fire managers are being strategic on the placement of firefighting resources to ensure safe ingress/egress.

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A map of the Tiger Fire as of Tuesday, July 6, 2021, near Crown King. (PNF/Courtesy)

WEATHER

Forecasts indicate a drying trend over the next few days, which will increase fire activity.

EVACUATIONS

At this time, the communities of Crown King, Cleator and portions of Black Canyon City are in “READY” status; Lorena Gulch Cabins have been “SET” status; and Horsethief Basin is in “GO” status in accordance with Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go Program. Visit https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go.

Ensure your family is prepared by signing up for Yavapai County Sheriff’s Code Red notifications at https://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/Emergency-Preparedness/Emergency-Notification-System.

CLOSURES

The Prescott National Forest has implemented a full forest closure, as have all the adjacent national forests. More information is available on the Prescott National Forest website, https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott and the websites of the other national forests in Arizona.

The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the Tiger Fire remains in place. Unofficial drone/UAV activity is not allowed in the restricted Tiger Fire area. “If you fly, we can’t”.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

For fire restriction information around Arizona, visit https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions.

Information provided by the Prescott National Forest.

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