Tussock Fire Morning Update, May 16, 2021

Acres: 5,546
Percent Containment: 82%
Date/Time Detected: May 8, 2021. 2:15 PM
Structures burned: 0
Number of Resources: 342
Cause: Human, under investigation
Origin/Location: 7 miles southwest of Crown King.

FIREFIGHTERS READY TO SUPPORT ANY NEW FIRE STARTS.
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FIRE DANGER “EXTREME”
The potential for new wildfires in the southwest is extreme this weekend. Fire officials are preparing for potential dry lightning moving in from New Mexico with high temperatures, single digit humidity, and wind gusts as high as 35 mph. While enjoying our public lands this weekend, please be careful and obey closures and restrictions. You do not want to be responsible for a catastrophic wildfire.

FIRE OPERATIONS
On the Tussock Fire, interior pockets continue to smolder well inside the containment lines. Firefighters continue to build and improve fire containment lines by removing fuel down to mineral soil along the fire’s edge. A “Mop up” method is being used along the fires edge to widen the control buffer by mixing and stirring the hot ashes with water utilizing hand tools. Crews continue to monitor, patrol, and secure the perimeter.
Around the community of Crown King and the Horse Thief Basin area, suppression repair work is being performed where contingency lines were built. Chippers are shredding the cut manzanita and chaparral, then it is spread out to support soil and foliage regeneration.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS
Fire Restrictions are in effect across Arizona. Information is available at https://wildlandfire.az.gov

PUBLIC LAND CLOSURES
All BLM and Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails in the area of the Tussock Fire are closed. Full closure details are available on the

Tussock Fire Inciweb 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

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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Phoenix District Office

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