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Tussock Fire burning north of Valley up to 82% containment


PHOENIX — Firefighters are making progress on a wildfire north of the Valley that has burned more than 5,000 acres.

The Tussock Fire burning seven miles southwest of Crown King is up to 82% containment as of Sunday morning with 5,546 acres burned, according to InciWeb.

Interior pockets smolder well inside the containment lines as firefighters continue to build and improve fire containment lines by removing fuel down to mineral soil along the fire’s edge, authorities said in a press release.

A “mop up” method will be used along the fire’s edge to widen the control buffer by mixing and stirring the hot ashes with water utilizing hand tools, authorities said.

The human-caused blaze started May 9 and forced the evacuation of three communities. The evacuations were lifted Thursday evening.

All Bureau of Land Management and Prescott National Forest lands, roads and trails near the area of the Tussock Fire are closed.

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