Doce Fire in Prescott – Update and Information
Approximately 11:30am Tuesday, June 18th, the Doce Fire (aka the Dosie Fire) broke out near Granite Mountain in Prescott in the Dosie Pit area at Mile Marker 8 on Iron Springs Road. Wind gusts pushed the fire from 20 acres and burned over 600+ acres (as of 3pm) UPDATE: 5000+ acres at 7pm. There are over 250 fire personnel on the ground. The path appears to be headed North West around Granite Mountain towards Chino Valley & Paulden due to the direction of the wind. As of 3pm today, home evacuation areas include: Highland Pines, Wildwood, Blackjack, Granite Basin Road & the Alto Pit Homes. A Red Cross shelter has been set up at Yavapai College to take care of those evacuated. Emergency personnel have been going door to door in the affected areas for evacuation. According to a recent Facebook Post by the town of Prescott Valley: Gary Miller, new owner of the racetrack in PV, is offering to stable horses for anyone who has been evacuated from the Dosie fire. There are three gray barns next to the RV park that are open and have electricity and water…just show up and stable your horses. This option has been provided for animals to large for the Red Cross evacuation area.
Two DC10 Tankers are on the scene this afternoon as was a helicopter and other smaller aircraft dropping fire retardant on the Doce Fire. The DC10′s are having to refuel at Mesa Gateway Airport as they are too big for Prescott’s Love Field. If you would like more updates on the fire please check Yavapai County Emergency Management Alert, or listen to the local radio stations as they are keeping residents updated on needs for evacuation or if reverse 911 will be enacted.
6pm UPDATE: Additional Areas currently being evacuated including American Ranch & Sundown Acres out Williamson Valley Road.
7:33 pm UPDATE: 5000+ Acres have been burned. Evacuation area added Mint Creek Subdivision along Williamson Valley Road. Emergency officials requesting nonessential personnel stay away from Williamson Valley Road between Pioneer Parkway and Outer Loop Road
8:01 pm UPDATE: Due to the large wildfire that started in the Doce Pit area please be aware of the following things: The public can call 928-777-7552 for more information. The Incident Management Team is requesting that residents limit their cell phone usage in an effort to free up the circuits for emergency management…
5:30 am Wednesday UPDATE: The Doce Fire has grown to over 7,000+ acres, there is 0% containment. No structures or injuries have been reported. There is a Red Flag warning for wind gusts in the area up to 30-40+ miles per hour.
6:00 am Update: Residents along Williamson Valley Road on placed on alert to evacuate.
8 AM Update: The forest service has issued an official statement. Currently there are over 500 fire personnel on the ground, 3 type 1 Air Tankers, 4 Helicopters, 16 crews & 27 engines. The Doce Fire has been determined to be human caused.
10 AM Update: All evacuations that have been put in place are still active, American Ranch, Mint Creek & Sundown Acres still under evacuation. The forest service will have a press conference at 11 a.m.
2pm Update: The forest service has updated their infrared map of the Dolce Fire from last night at about 10:30pm. Click here to see map
6pm Update: Fire fighters have held the fire at bay so far with no structures burned. Additional neighborhoods along Williamson Valley Road have been evacuated include Cielo Grands, Stazinski Road and Camp Anytown. Road closures include Williamson Valley Road at Iron Springs, Pioneer Parkway and Outer Loop Road. Contreras Ranch at Iron Springs as well as Tonto and Contreras and Tonto and Ferguson Road.
Due to the road closures because of the Dose Fire, mail service has been interrupted in the 86305 zip code. Mail is currently being held at the Prescott Post office and residents may retrieve with an ID.
8:40 pm Update: 0% containment, no structures burned, expecting upwards of 700 fire fighters on the ground by Thursday. The Prescott Area Association of Realtors is collecting Gatorade & water for the Fire Fighters that will be delivered on Thursday and then as needed. Donations of water & Gatorade may be dropped at the PAAR office 3719 Karico Lane (behind Costco).
Law enforcement is asking, Anyone who saw suspicious activity relating to the Doce Fire should call FS Law Enforcement & Investigations: 928-527-3508 or 3509
5:00 am Thursday Update: Neighborhoods in the Williamson Valley area remain on alert for potential evacuation, however no further evacuations have been needed. The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team has assumed management of the Doce Fire. Additional resources have been called for.
You can look at a map of the fire through the US Forest Service Active Fire Map at this web site
6:00 pm Update: the Doce Fire is 10% contained. Winds still blowing North West, weather reports look favorable for the weekend to help crews get more containment. Governor Brewer signing a State of Emergency helps release money for costs and National Guard assistance for the fire. Estimated Cost to Date: $2,241,896 million primarily due to aviation assets in use
Friday 6:00 am Update: The Doce Fire conditions continue to improve. Total area burned has been updated to 6379 acres per US Forest Service infrared, was previously reported at 7,000. Wind gusts sustained at 10-20 miles per hour now, expecting gusts up to 35 miles per hour this afternoon. The Doce Fire is still believed to be human caused and the investigation is on going.
Saturday 6:00 am Update: The Doce Fire has 15% containment, the weather conditions has continued to work for fire fighters and hopefully winds will continue to cooperate through out today. The ground fire crews continue work in spot fires and containment through the weekend. Community meetings are set
Monday 6:00 am Update: Progress on the Doce Fire has continued through the weekend. Fire fighters continue to work for the upper hand with 50% containment as of this morning and full containment expected by June 26th. Much of the evacuations have been lifted, no structures have been lost in the fire. All residential private property evacuations have been lifted. Grainte Basin road remains closed to the public. To date the cost of the fire is calculated at $5,328,871. Total acreage burned to date is 6,767 acres.