HORSE FIRE – ARIZONA - October 24, 2020
- Acres: 9537 acres
- Containment: 63%
- Resources: 333
- Vegetation: Juniper, Chaparral and Timber
- Start Date: Oct. 15, 2020: noon
- Cause: Human, Under Investigation
- Origin Location: 7 Miles Northwest of Crown King; 18 miles south of Prescott, AZ on the Bradshaw Ranger District (T1N, R2W, S24)
Crown King Residents Return Home
Incident Management Team inspects containment lines
Crown King, Ariz., Oct 24, 2020 – The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team is winding down operations Saturday on the Horse Fire after containment increases to 63 percent.
With no perimeter growth, evacuations were lifted for certified residents of Crown King. Firefighters remain in the area to ensure safety. There is no evidence of heat or smoke from the western edge to the southern tip of the fire perimeter. The FSR 52 is secure, though smoke will be seen from smoldering Ponderosa. Heavy equipment is still being used to improve the FSR 52 and FSR 58, and crews continue chipping downed vegetation.
Firefighters will inspect and monitor all containment lines Saturday. Up north, only two areas show smoke, and they are deep into the interior of the Horse Fire and in the Towers Creek drainage but pose no threat.
A winter storm front arrives this weekend with a sharp drop in temperatures and big increase in humidity that helps subside fire activity. By Monday and Tuesday, winds will increase on ridges in higher elevations, and this may produce increased smoke as unburned pockets of heavy fuels continue to smolder from within the fire perimeter. Officials expect no perimeter growth in the north.
A Horse Fire area closure remains in effect. Although deer season is underway, hunters are asked to stay out of the closure area which includes portions of Game Unit 20A/B. Please view the Fire Area Closure Map to see what portion of the unit is closed.
Public Phone 928-235-2061, (ends Saturday 10-24 at 6pm)
Media Phone: 928-499-4736
Forest Closure: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7244/58100/