YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s office is working in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service on the response to the Tussock fire, which is burning to the southwest of Crown King. We are announcing the closure of some forest roads in the area of Old Senator highway at the junctions of FR 362 and FR 192 near Crown King. Additionally, the area of Cow Tank road, that leads to FR 711 near Lake Pleasant has been closed to the public.
The Tussock fire started Saturday, May 8th, just before 3 p.m., approximately 8 miles southwest of Crown King. As of this morning, the fire is estimated at 800 acres. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently managing this fire with a type 3 command team. Today BLM will be transitioning to a type 2 command team and will be working on ordering air assets to combat this fire in the remote rugged landscape southwest of Crown King. Fire crews have been working all night to gain control of the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. We are asking travelers to stay clear of the area as fire personnel work to contain the fire.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at (928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov