Tussock Fire Morning Update, May 13, 2021

Acres: 5,517
Percent Containment: 17%
Date/Time Detected: May 8, 2021. 2:15 PM
Structures burned: 0
Number of Resources: 477
Cause: Human-under investigation
Origin/Location: 7 miles s/w of Crown King.

Community Meeting Tonight (Thursday) 8:00 p.m. Facebook Live


Southwest Area Incident Management Team 2 will be hosting a virtual Community Meeting Thursday night on Facebook Live at 8:00 p.m.  Residents and participants are encouraged to enter questions on the Facebook “chat” or email questions ahead of time to 2021.tussock@firenet.gov. No Facebook account is required to view the recorded meeting at a later time.

FIRE OPERATIONS: The Tussock Fire was quieter on Wednesday allowing fire personnel to advance containment efforts. Crews continued to make good progress building control lines along the western fire flank and today are moving toward the northern fire edge where the highest potential for fire spread exists. Six Hotshot crews are in place along the rugged eastern flank, building fire control lines and extinguishing hot spots. On the steep northern slopes, heavy equipment is being used to build a fireline in advance of potential spread, essentially a “catcher’s mitt” intended to stop the fire from moving to the north. Equipment and personnel continue to apply structure protection mitigation actions by removing vegetation around the community of Crown King.

Minnehaha, Fort Misery, and Horse Thief Basin are evacuated; however, Crown King remains at SET. Residents should begin preparing in the event an evacuation order is issued.  Crown King is closed to non-residents. More information on READY-SET-GO: https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

Fire Activity and Dry Conditions Trigger Fire Restrictions in Central and Western Arizona
Beginning 8:00 A.M. May 14th, 2021 and continuing until rescinded. The public can obtain current state 
and federal fire restrictions information for Arizona at: http://wildlandfire.az.gov

Public Lands within the BLM Hassayampa Field Office are closed. All Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails in the area of the Tussock Fire are closed. Full details of area and road closures are available on the Tussock Fire Inciweb page at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7472/

Public Information Phone Line (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.): 928-228-0720    
Media Information Phone Line: 928-421-4579
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TussockFireInfo
YCSO Phone Line: 928-771-3260

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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