(UPDATE at 2:20 p.m. MDT, June 19, 2013)
The map of the Doce Fire above shows the perimeter (in red) at 11 p.m. MDT Tuesday night.
(UPDATE at 9:15 a.m. MDT, June 19, 2013)
The Arizona Emergency Information Network (AZEIN) reports that the Doce Fire has burned 7,000 acres and is zero percent contained.
Below is evacuation information from the AZEIN. For the most current evacuation information, check their site.
Evacuated: Granite Basin Homes, Sundown Acres, Old Stage Acres, south half of Mint Creek, and American Ranch.
On notice for potential evacuation: neighborhoods in Williamson Valley
(There is an evacuation center at Yavapai College. Livestock should be taken to the Prescott Rodeo Grounds)
The AZEIN reported at 7:38 a.m. Wednesday:
The fire was active overnight on the northeast corner by the Williamson Valley Corridor and on the southwest corner by Granite Mountain Wilderness. No structures have been lost and no injuries have occurred.
(UPDATE at 9:07 a.m. MDT, June 19, 2013)
The maps of the Doce Fire above show heat detected by satellites at 12:08 a.m. MDT June 19. The locations of the squares representing heat can be as much as a mile in error.
Much of the smoke from the Doce Fire is blowing toward Flagstaff and northeast Arizona.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for much of northern Arizona, including the area of the Doce Fire. The forecast predicts southwest winds of 15 to 25 mph gusting up to 40, with a relative humidity as low as 3 percent.
We will update this article throughout the day Wednesday.
(originally published at 6:50 p.m. MDT, June 18, 2013; updated at 10:51 p.m. MDT, June 18, 2013)
At approximately 1 p.m. MDT Tuesday the Southwest Coordination Center’s Twitter account first mentioned the Doce fire:
Doce (AZ-PNF) 5ac. rpt. Loc. 8 NW of Prescott, AZ (34.5949N, 112.5961W) 2 Air Tankers, 1 Lead, 1 T2 Helo, 1 T1 crew filled Loaclly and SWCC.
— SWCC_Fire_Intell (@SWCCNewsNotes) June 18, 2013
The fire is on the Prescott National Forest about 3 miles west of the northwest edge of the populated area near Prescott, Arizona, and approximately 4 miles west of Williamson Valley Road. Some residents have been forced to evacuate from the Granite Basin and Iron Springs Club areas, and highways are blocked at Iron Springs Road and Skyline Drive.
By the time the heat sensing satellite passed over at 2:44 p.m. MT it was quite large, as you can see in the map of the Doce fire above. The locations identified by the satellite can be as much as a mile in error, but a guess leads me to believe the fire was well over 1,000 acres at 2:44 p.m. MDT.
At 7 p.m. MDT the Southwest Coordination Center reported that the fire had blackened 5,000 acres and a Type 1 Incident Management Team with Tony Sciacca as Incident Commander has been ordered.
In the late afternoon the nearby Iron Springs weather station recorded a relative humidity of 8 percent, temperature of 86 degrees, and winds out of the southwest at 13 mph gusting up to 26. Here is a link to a detailed weather forecast for the fire area. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for extreme fire danger on Wednesday from noon until 7 p.m. MST for strong winds and low relative humidity.
At 7:30 p.m. MDT Wednesday the National Weather Service at Flagstaff Tweeted about Wednesday’s weather forecast for the Doce Fire area:
Difficult fire fighting conditions on the #Doce Fire near #PrescottAZ. Relative humidity 6-9%, winds 18-24 mph gusting to 35 mph Wednesday.
— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) June 19, 2013
AZCentral has some videos HERE and HERE of air tankers and a helicopter dropping on the fire. The 12News TV station’s Facebook page has some photos of the fire.
We will update this article as more information is available.