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Update: Spur Fire in Bagdad 75% contained; all utilities restored to town

Fire crews work on a charred home from the Spur Fire Friday, May 28, 2021, that torched 150 acres and destroyed several homes and other structures in Bagdad, Arizona. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

Fire crews work on a charred home from the Spur Fire Friday, May 28, 2021, that torched 150 acres and destroyed several homes and other structures in Bagdad, Arizona. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

Update, Saturday afternoon:

The Spur Fire in Bagdad was reported by the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management as 75% contained on Saturday afternoon, May 29.

Tiffany Davila, Public Affairs outreach officer, added that all utilities to the town have been restored.

On Friday, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office announced that it had lifted all evacuation orders, but only to town residents and mine employees.

The wildfire began early Thursday afternoon, prompting an immediate and urgent response from a number of fire and law enforcement agencies in the area. YCSO implemented emergency evacuation orders for the entire town and roughly 1,500 residents were ultimately evacuated.

By Thursday night, the Department of Forestry announced on its Facebook page that crews managed to stop forward progress of the fire at 150 acres and reported it as 25% contained, and that 13 homes had been destroyed and 27 were damaged.

Further information was unavailable, including the cause of the fire and full resources fighting the blaze.

Watch the Courier and dCourier.com for information as details are made available.

Original post:

The once raging Spur Fire in Bagdad was reported by the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management as 50% contained on Friday afternoon, May 28, while the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office announced it has lifted all evacuation orders, but only to town residents and mine employees.

The wildfire began early Thursday afternoon, prompting an immediate and urgent response from a number of fire and law enforcement agencies in the area. YCSO implemented emergency evacuation orders for the entire town and roughly 1,500 residents were ultimately evacuated. A shelter was provided for the evacuees at Hassayampa Elementary School in Wickenburg.

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This photo shows the remains of a damaged home from the Spur Fire Friday, May 28, 2021. The fire has burned dozens of acres and destroyed several homes and other structures in Bagdad, Arizona. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

By Thursday night, the Department of Forestry announced on its Facebook page that crews managed to stop forward progress of the fire at 150 acres and reported it as 25% contained. On Friday morning, another update announced the fire was still 25% contained but then around 3:45 p.m., officials reported the fire was 50% contained.

At approximately 1 p.m. Friday, the Sheriff’s Office reported on its Facebook page that evacuation orders had been lifted only for residents of the Poplar Court, Maricopa Drive and Laurel Court areas.

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Spur Fire. (Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management)

Three hours later at about 4 p.m., YCSO officials stated in a news release that all evacuation orders had been lifted but entry to the town of Bagdad was restricted to only residents and mine employees. Bagdad is home to the Freeport-McMoran copper mine.

The road restrictions are still in place at highways 96 and 97 as of Friday afternoon to ensure resident re-entry only, a news release stated.

Further information was unavailable as of 5 p.m. Friday, such as the cause of the fire, losses, and full resources fighting the blaze.

Watch the Courier and dCourier.com for information as details are made available.

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Spur Fire. (Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

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