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Evacuations in Pine Flat due to Cellar Fire, which has spread to more than 7,000 acres

Posted at 4:36 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 19:36:00-04

Yavapai County deputies have started evacuating people from Pine Flat as the Cellar Fire continues to grow.

The Cellar Fire, which sparked Tuesday, July 16, has already spread over 7,000 acres, according to a press release Thursday morning from the Prescott National Forest.

Fire officials believe the fire was sparked by lightning.

The fire is burning 16 miles south of Prescott on the Bradshaw Ranger District. A shelter has been set up at Prescott High School.

Peg evacuated her home today.
She got her two horses, three cats and dog out as well.
She told me she’s super relieved.
Her neighbors horses were in the trailer as well.
They’re praying their homes are still there next week.
Hear from both ladies at 10. pic.twitter.com/bMNOqTJTT9

— Zach Crenshaw (@ZachCrenshaw) July 19, 2019

Officials say the Cellar Fire is only burning vegetation at this point.

The communities of Walker, Groom Creek, Wolf Creek, Potato Patch, Indian Creek and Crown King have been placed on 'Ready,' the first of the county's Code Red three-tier system for evacuation preparations.

Size: 7,293 acres

Containment: 0%

Cause: Lightning

Community meeting: A recording of Thursday night's Cellar Fire Community Meeting is available to view on Facebook.

Closures:

  • A Prescott National Forest Cellar Fire Closure Order went into effect Thursday morning. It includes everything south of Wolf Creek including Potato Patch, south to the community of Crown King.

For additional information regarding the Cellar Fire, you can contact the following: