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5/3/2013 1:06:00 PM
Wildfire burning north of Prescott Valley
Patrick Whitehurst/The Daily Courier
Crews, including helicopter support, battle a wildfire in the Coyote Springs area north of Prescott Valley. The fire was reported around 11:30 a.m. Friday. Crews with the Central Yavapai Fire District, the Prescott National Forest and other agencies expect to have the fire contained by Friday night.
Patrick Whitehurst/The Daily Courier
Crews, including helicopter support, battle a wildfire in the Coyote Springs area north of Prescott Valley. The fire was reported around 11:30 a.m. Friday. Crews with the Central Yavapai Fire District, the Prescott National Forest and other agencies expect to have the fire contained by Friday night.
Patrick Whitehurst
The Daily Courier

Fire crews battled a 28-acre wildfire Friday near Coyote Springs on state-owned land. By Friday afternoon the blaze was 90 percent contained, according to Central Yavapai County Fire District Fire Marshal Rick Chase.

The wildfire was located 14 miles north of Prescott Valley in a hilly area populated by debris, shotgun shells and campfire rings. No structures were burned as a result of the wildfire.

A citizen reported the fire around 11:30 a.m. Friday, according to Central Yavapai Fire District Battalion Chief Jeff Polacek. The fire started in a grassy area at the bottom of a hill, and the cause is under investigation.

A Forest Service helicopter dropped buckets of water on the blaze shortly after it was reported and continued to circle the area at noon. Polacek said crews were expected to remain overnight for cleanup of the site.

Calmer winds kept the fire from moving too quickly, Polacek said. "We're getting a good handle on it."

Central Yavapai Fire District, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Prescott National Forest, the State Land Department and Prescott Fire Department all responded to the wildfire.






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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, May 03, 2013
Article comment by: Ummm... No..

No, there is no reason to restrict the camping to just the campgrounds. The paid campgrounds aren't even worth paying the $10-14 a night that they are asking for.. I go to the free campgrounds, and they are less occupied, plus no one gripes when I kick my generator up! I like to have some electricity when I go camping for any amount of time over 3 days.. I have to have the power because of my machine I use for my breathing treatments.. Like said above, No Need To Close Any Of The Free Campsites!! That's all I wanted to say!!

Posted: Friday, May 03, 2013
Article comment by: Uncle Sam

I have always stated that our forested regions should prohibit campfires and barbecuers from May 1st through July 15th to keep the forest safe from dummies.
Luckily this was not dense forest.
Why not be safe, rather than sorry!
Year after year this continues, my solution will work!


Posted: Friday, May 03, 2013
Article comment by: Only Asking

Though this fire wasn't in a dense dry forest is it too early to close the forest with the exception of campgrounds? Our forest lands are extremely dry and crisp.

Marianne




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