Prescott and Prescott Valley Fire Updates
A wind-driven wildfire took some battling after tearing through grasslands north of Highway 89A early Monday afternoon, Jan. 21. Titled the Prescott Valley Fire, the blaze was first reported around 1:50 p.m. east of Granite Dells Parkway. Encouraged by 20 mph winds, it quickly travelled northeast across the plains spanning between Prescott and Prescott Valley. Fortunately, nothing but grass and some chaparral was in its path. By 4 p.m., firefighters reported having the blaze under control and estimated it burned between 300 and 400 acres.
“We’re lucky there were no neighborhoods or houses in the immediate area,” said Rick Chase, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority’s Fire Marshall. “They got the head of the fire stopped and they’re just going to be hitting the hotspots and basically mopping up the edge to ensure it’s out. They’re going to keep people on there for quite some time; maybe even throughout the night.”
The following day, firefighters were battling a basement fire at a 3,500-square-foot home in the 3,100 block of Rainbow Ridge Drive in Prescott. Four fire engines initially responded and three more were called to the scene around 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority assisted the Prescott Fire Department to extinguish the flames.
The City of Prescott and the Prescott Fire Department encourages residents and visitors to be safe. If you stumble upon a wildfire or fire hazard that concerns you, do not take action yourself. Make notes of any important information such as the location of the concern, vehicle descriptions, license plates, and a description of what you saw. Do not stay at the scene; rather, ensure you are out of harm’s way and call for help: Call 911 or if you see a fire on the Prescott National Forest call 928-777-5700 or on State and private lands call 623-582-0911.
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