Evacuation order lifted as crews battle blaze 60 miles west of Prescott
PHOENIX — A wildfire in northern Arizona led to a temporary evacuation order for nearby residents Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The Park Fire, which consumed about 100 acres in Yavapai County, was expected to be fully contained by the end of Friday, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.
UPDATE #ParkFire– mapped at 98 acres & now 40% contained. Full containment by end of day. Entire line secured & crews mopping up interior. #AZForestry Eng 531 will remain on fire & patrol it through the rest of today. This will be the final update. #Bagdad #YavapaiCounty #AZFire
— AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) May 22, 2020
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said deputies first responded to reports of a wildfire in the Bagdad area, approximately 60 miles west of Prescott, around 2:45 p.m. Thursday.
The fire spread to an estimated 55 acres by 6 p.m., leading to evacuation orders for about 150 homes.
Around 7:50 p.m., the sheriff’s office said the evacuation order had been lifted due to a diminished danger to nearby structures.
The evacuation orders impacted areas around Lindahl, Navaho and East Park Drives.
A shelter at Bagdad High School was made available for displaced residents.
Slurry bombers, ground teams, water tenders, bulldozers and heavy-duty mining equipment were utilized in combating the blaze.
The cause of the fire was undetermined.