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Arizona Residents in Crown King Prepare to Evacuate Due to 300-Acre Horse Fire

by Halle Ames
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Residents of Crown King, Arizona, have been evacuated due to the Horse Fire, which is burning seven miles northeast of the area. 

The fire started yesterday, and is located seven miles northwest of Crown King and 18 miles south of Prescott, Arizona. 

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office released a statement at 8:30 telling residents, “There is a wildfire threatening your area. A mandatory evacuation has been issued for residents located in Crown King. There is a significant danger to you, gather necessary items, and go.”

On Twitter, the Prescott National Forest Service posted an update one hour ago. The tweet explains that the fire grew to over 3,500 aces last night.

Due to the remoteness and terrain of where the fire is, firefighters are only able to combat it with air tankers. The fire is also at a zero percent containment at this time. 

Officials also say that no structures are at risk at this time. 

“The strategy for the Horse Fire is full suppression as crews continue to use aircrafts to slow the rate of spread and scout for holding features to use as containment lines. The fire burned active all night and spotted just south of Minnehaha as of 8 AM and has become well established and has become 100 acres in size.”

In addition, officials have closed all roads leading towards Crown King. 

The American Red Cross has opened an evacuation center in Mayer High School in preparation for residents. 

The weather in the area has seen temperatures in the mid-80s with minimal humidity. However, gusts of wind will reach 15 mph with a constant breeze of around ten mph.

[H/T AZ Central]