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Update: Tiger Fire nears 16,000 acres; increased humidity slows spread

The Tiger Fire the night of Tuesday, July 6, 2021, view from the Incident Command post. (Inciweb)

The Tiger Fire the night of Tuesday, July 6, 2021, view from the Incident Command post. (Inciweb)

UPDATE, Friday morning:

Public Information: 928-925-1111

Email: 2021.tiger@firenet.gov

Size: 15,685 acres

Containment:  29%

Cause: Lightning

Location: 11 miles east of Crown King

Start Date: June 30, 2021, 3:45 p.m.

Incident Commander: Dave Gesser

Incident Personnel: 367

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Facebook Live with the IC and Operations Friday, July 9, at 8 p.m. Prescott National Forest Facebook Page.

With the community of Crown King in a “Set” status, the town is now closed to the public. Only residents will be allowed in and out.

FIRE CLOSURES

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Prescott National Forest have closed County Road 177 and national forest lands generally south of County Road 177 from Mayer, west to Palace Station, except for Crown King residents with identification. For detailed information, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/.

On Thursday, the fire perimeter between Black Canyon City north to Castle Creek and west of Bumble Bee was contained. Due to increased humidity, the fires overall intensity slowed but remained active. Firefighters remained abreast of the fire’s westward progress in the Horsethief Basin area by using firing operations from prepared lines to direct fire movement away from structures and improvements.

Other crews worked to prepare the Crown King Road (County Road 59) for possible contingency firing operations between Cleator and Crown King, should future conditions require that tactic.

Preparations for potential firing operations were also made along portions of Black Canyon Road (FS 101) as the fire moved downhill north and east toward more defensible terrain. A late afternoon rain cell dropped moisture over the northern portion of the fire.

On Friday, firefighters are working on structure protection operations to protect Crown King. These actions include re-clearing previous fire control lines and temporarily installing pumps and sprinklers. In Horsethief Basin, crews are monitoring Thursday’s burnouts and providing point protection tactics as needed to protect structures and improvements. Other resources are monitoring the fires progress south of Cleator, ready to do a firing operation to slow or redirect the fire’s movement.

WEATHER

Forecasts call for continuing hot weather with increased chances of thunderstorms and accompanying gusty outflow winds.

EVACUATIONS

Presently the communities of Cleator and portions of Black Canyon City are in “READY” status. Crown King and the 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 websites 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 POST:

The lightning-caused Tiger Fire has topped 13,000 acres and has edged up to 29% containment, the Incident Command and Prescott National Forest reported Thursday, July 8.

The fire - burning 11 miles east of Crown King, reaching 13,175 acres - crossed a management action point Wednesday afternoon, which prompted the Incident Management Team to recommend to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office that Crown King be alerted that their evacuation status has changed from “Ready” to “Set.”

For public information, call 928-925-1111 or email 2021.tiger@firenet.gov.

The fire, which started June 30, has 361 fire personnel working it.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

There will be a community meeting on Facebook Live with the IC and Operations Thursday, July 8, at 8 p.m.; Prescott National Forest Facebook Page.

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. July 7, except for assigned fire related personnel and residents with identification.

The Crown King Road was closed for the safety of firefighters using heavy equipment working in the closure area along County Road 59. The Bumblebee Road remains closed from Black Canyon City to the junction of county roads 179 and 178.

With the community of Crown King in a “Set” status, the town is now closed to the public. Residents will be allowed only in and out.

ACTIVITY

The Tiger Fire was very active Wednesday. On the north and western perimeter of the fire, the continued high temperatures and low humidity combined with burnout operations north and south along the 52 road in the vicinity of the wilderness boundary, produced a large amount of smoke during the afternoon.

Other smoke columns within the fire perimeter were more visible as unburned pockets of fuel on the interior of the fire were consumed.

Crews continued to prepare the Crown King Road (County Road 59) for a possible contingency firing operation between Cleator and Crown King, should conditions require that tactic in coming days. Other crews worked patrolling, extinguishing hotspots, and securing the eastern perimeter of the fire.

WEATHER

Forecasts call for slightly less hot and dry weather with a slight chance of thunderstorms Thursday along with the accompanying threat of gusty outflow winds.

EVACUATIONS

Presently the communities of Cleator and portions of Black Canyon City are in “READY” status. Crown King and the 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 websites 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.

INFO

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/.

Prescott National Forest - Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrescottNF.

Prescott National Forest - Twitter: twitter.com/PrescottNF.

Information provided by the Incident Command on the fire and the Prescott National Forest.

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