May 7, 2014 12:03 AM
PRESCOTT - Authorities say a wind-whipped brush fire that burned an estimated 100 acres north of Prescott, is now believed to be at 400 acres according to the Prescott Fire Department.
The fire is now 100% contained. The firefighters said it was all "luck" they had that kept the fire from spreading further.
A fire engine was in the area and noticed smoke, because they were in a heightened state of alert, the engine went to check it out and noticed the fire's rapid growth.
That early detection helped keep the fire contained in an area far from any structures or the Prescott airport.
Prescott Fire officials say the fire was reported about 4 p.m. Tuesday and it's unclear how it started.
They say the blaze is burning in grassland between Chino Valley and Prescott and moving more toward the backside of Prescott Valley.
Wind gusts of up to 40 mph were reported in the Prescott area Tuesday with sustained winds of 20 mph.