Jun 21, 2013 12:28 PM by Faye DeHoff
PRESCOTT - The Doce Fire, burning seven miles northwest of Prescott in the Granite Mountain Wilderness, is still ten percent contained this morning.
The fire has burned 6,732 acres and is human-caused. There are 605 personnel fighting the blaze including: 21 hand crews, 27 engines, 11 water tenders, one dozer and four helicopters. The fire has cost an estimated $2,241,896 so far primarily due to aviation assets in use.
Iron Springs Road is now open to all traffic. Evacuations were ordered for the northern portion of the Mint Creek Valley subdivision. All subdivisions east of Williamson Valley Road have not been evacuated but remain on notice for potential evacuation.
The Yavapai County Fire Information line (928-777-7552) will be deactivated Friday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m. Fire information will continue to be available from the Southwest Area Incident Management Team at: 928-445-1089 or 928-445-1269.
Fire managers will be closely monitoring weather conditions over the next several days as projected forecasts are expected to continue to be hot, dry, and windy.
Firefighters are making good progress around the entire fire, constructing line directly up against or at a safe distance from the fire's edge. Crews have secured the heel of the fire on the southwestern edge and have established dozer line on the north and northwestern flank. Last night, crews conducted burnout operations help keep fire behavior from becoming established in ridges that align with the winds.
Today, firefighters will continue structure protection in all evacuated subdivisions, continue line construction, and prepping lines for burnout operations.
Today will be hot, dry and windy again. Crews are anticipating fire behavior to increase in the afternoon.
Granite Basin Homes, Black Jack, Camp Anytown, Sundown Acres, Cielo Grande, Old Stage Acres, Mint Creek Wash to the north at Cielo Grande (Dome Road), and American Ranch remain evacuated. Neighborhoods in the Williamson Valley corridor are on notice for potential evacuation.
Iron Springs Road is now open to all traffic. Williamson Valley Road east of the fire between Pioneer Parkway and Outer Loop Road remains closed to the public. Residents from neighborhoods north of the intersection of Williamson Valley and Outer Loop Road should plan additional travel around the road closure areas.
Fire Closure Update:
The entire area of the Doce Fire is closed to public access. The closure area can be viewed at the Prescott National Forest webpage at:
Individuals who may have seen suspicious activity related to the Doce Fire are asked to contact Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations at (928) 527-3508 or 3509.