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Evacuation orders lifted for Tussock Fire near Crown King

Tussock Fire (Facebook photo/Tussock Fire Information)

PHOENIX — Evacuation orders were lifted Thursday evening for three communities near Crown King threatened by the Tussock Fire.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office announced all evacuations were lifted at 6 p.m. for Fort Misery, Minnehaha and Horsethief Basin.

However, residents in the three communities as well as those in Crown King are advised to remain ready to evacuate if needed.

The fire burning seven miles southwest of Crown King, which started Sunday afternoon, improved to 71% containment as of Friday morning, according to InciWeb.

A total of 5,546 acres have been burned and 473 personnel are working the fire.

Crown King remains closed to non-residents and all previous road closures remain in place.

Closures include the Prescott National Forest lands, roads and trails south of NFSR94 and south to the junction of CR177, as well as Senator Highway between Hooper Saddle and Crown King.

The area of Cow Creek Road that leads to FR 711 near Lake Pleasant is also closed.

The blaze is believed to be human-caused, with a specific cause under investigation.

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