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6/30/2013 6:01:00 PM
First monsoon storm knocks out power, ignites small wildfires
Joanna Dodder Nellans/The Daily Courier
Firefighters wrap up work on a small wildfire reportedly ignited by an electrical wire at the corner of Moeller and Virginia streets in Prescott during Sunday’s first monsoon storm of the season.
Joanna Dodder Nellans/The Daily Courier
Firefighters wrap up work on a small wildfire reportedly ignited by an electrical wire at the corner of Moeller and Virginia streets in Prescott during Sunday’s first monsoon storm of the season.
Joanna Dodder Nellans
The Daily Courier

The North American Monsoon kicked off with a punch in Prescott Sunday when a strong, fast-moving thunderstorm blew through.

The storm hit shortly before 3 p.m. and ignited several small wildfires, flooded roads and knocked out power to nearly 500 homes. It was the first measurable rain from the annual monsoon in Prescott.

Approximately 490 homes throughout Prescott and Prescott Valley were still without power at 5:30 p.m., and Arizona Public Service hoped to restore it by mid-evening, an APS spokesman said.

Traffic lights were out all over Prescott, from Highway 89 to Gurley Street to Willow Creek Road.

Fires ignited on P Mountain, along Willow Creek Road, and at the corner of Moeller and Virginia streets in Prescott, Prescott Fire Department spokesman Eric Kriwer said.

The P Mountain fire was still burning on about five acres in steep terrain and flashy fuels after rain hit it, but firefighters expected to contain it, Kriwer said at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

"Hopefully the weather will continue to cooperate," he said. Extreme heat hovering at the 100-degree level dropped down to the 70s and 80s right after the lightning storm hit with heavy rain, while humidity levels continued to hover around 40 percent.

A resident extinguished the lightning-caused fire along Willow Creek Road, Kriwer said.

An electrical line went down at the corner of Moeller and Virginia and ignited a wildfire, but firefighters held it to about a 20x20-foot area in a wash, Kriwer said.

The Yavapai County Emergency Management Division had not received any reports of flooding problems off the Doce fire burn area on Granite Mountain just northwest of Prescott by late afternoon, spokesman Hugh Vallely said.

The National Weather Service in Flagstaff received one report of a half-inch of rain falling in Prescott Valley, meteorologist Mark Stubblefield said.

The storm was moving from the northeast to the southwest, Stubblefield said.

"It covered a fairly large area," he said.

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Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Really That Makes Sense

If it weren't for inept writers and posters the Courier wouldn't exist !

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: John Rambo

Hot shot crews & Prescott FD did an amazing job containing the mountain fire!
Thank you all!

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: sharon adkins

We were at a class reunion at Ken Lindley field when the storm hit. With lightening strikes all around us we decided to abandon the picnic but were hit with a dirt and rock blast before we could pick everything up! Then the rain hit, was coming down so hard by the time I got to Willow Creek Rd., I could not see the pavement! If it was not for the car ahead of me, I would of had to stop! Made it home safe!

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

Got a hair under a half inch by 3:30 at my place on Whipple extension.


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