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Fire Near Horse Thief Basin Causes Evacuations Inciweb

The Tussock Fire is at 2448 acres, a Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered.

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  • As of 4:30 Sunday afternoon, the Tussock Fire was nearly 2500 acres
  • Evacuations have been called for Minnehaha, Fort Misery and Horse Thief Basin
  • Crown King is to be on alert for evacuation orders
  • Crown King is closed to non-residents, as well as some forest roads in the area of Old Senator Highway
  • An Evacuation Center is being established by the Red Cross at Mayer High School
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The Tussock Fire stated Saturday afternoon, and is about 7 miles SW of Crown King

ALERT - GO Order for Evacuation has been issued for: Minnehaha, Fort Misery, and Horse Thief Basin.

Crown King is now at SET and should begin preparing in the event an evacuation order is issued.

More information on READY-SET-GO: https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

Area residents should sign up with the Yavapai County Emergency Notification System - Code Red to receive any emergency alerts.  

Area Closures: Crown King is closed to non-residents. 

Road Closures: Closure of some forest roads in the area of Old Senator highway at the junctions of FR 362 and FR 192 near Crown King; Senator Hwy (FR 52) between Hooper Saddle (FR 362) and Crown King (FR 259). Additionally, the area of Cow Tank road, that leads to FR 711 near Lake Pleasant has been closed to the public.

Evacuation Center: The Arizona Red Cross will be establishing an Evacuation Center at Mayer High School at 17300 E Mule Deer Dr, Mayer, AZ 86333
Additional useful links can be found at the bottom of this page in Related Links section. 

The Tussock Fire started on the afternoon of May 8, approximately 8 miles southwest of Crown King. The fire was mapped this morning (May 9) at 2,448 acres and has reached the Prescott National Forest boundary. Due to lack of moisture, hot, dry, windy conditions, and rugged terrain, a Type 1 Incident Management Team had been ordered to assist with incident management.  


Visitors are being asked to avoid the area to allow residents to maneuver as needed and to allow firefighters and equipment to get into the fire area.  

While the incident is visible from I-17, there are NO direct impacts or road closures on I-17 as a result of this fire. 





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Last modified on Sunday, 09 May 2021 23:13
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