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Yesterday afternoon, the smoke was huge and visible for a really long distance.

This morning, the smoke is not so much, but there are helicopters flying over Walker again.

Contact(s): Fire Information: 928-925-1111:

Horse Fire Information Phone 928-925-1111

Location: 7 Miles Northwest of Crown King; 18 miles south of Prescott, AZ on the Bradshaw Ranger District (T1N, R2W, S24)

Size: 8,458 Acres Start Date: October 15, 2020

Percent Contained: 0% Vegetation: Juniper, Chaparral and Timber

Cause: Under Investigation

Prescott AZ, October 17, 2020 – The Horse Fire grew to 8,458 acres late yesterday afternoon. Airtankers and helicopters continued working on efforts to slow the spread of the fire; firefighters worked on structure protection in and around the community of Crown King and Towers Mtn. The fire is in a remote section of the forest with steep, rugged terrain. Efforts were focused on the protection of the communities, and infrastructure that are being affected by the Horse fire. Extreme fire behavior was observed over the fire making uphill runs throughout the day.

Closures: All roads leading into Crown King have been closed including-Jefferson St. at Goodwin, Senator Highway at Palace Station, County Road 59 from Cleator, and Wagoner at Hozoni. Please avoid the area to allow suppression resources to travel safely to and throughout the incident. A Forest Closure Order is in effect for the trails and roads in and around the Horse Fire area .

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Code Red ‘GO’ There are evacuations currently in effect for the communities of Crown King, Minnehaha, Horsethief Cabins and any private inholdings in and around the fire area. For information on the Code Red alerts issued you can visit the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for updates or call (928) 771-3321 or to sign up for Code Red notifications visit Yavapai County Code Red Notification. American Red Cross and Community Health are hosting the Evacuation Center set up at Mayer High School which is located at 17300 E Mule Deer Drive Spring Valley, AZ 86333.

Resources: 1 – Air Attack, 3 – Air Tankers, 3 – Helicopter, 4 – Hotshot Crew, 3 – Type 2 IA Crew, 10 – Engines, Miscellaneous Overhead.

Weather: Maximum temperatures ranging from 80-82 degrees, minimum relative humidity 11-13%, Westerly wings are forecasted to develop by Saturday afternoon around 10 mph with gusts to 20 mph.

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