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Prescott Forest officials takes back command of wildfire

Posted: 7:14 AM, Jul 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-26 10:14:51-04

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A wildfire that burned nearly 12 square miles in the Prescott National Forest is now contained around nearly three-fifths of its perimeter and forest officials have taken back command of the firefighting effort.

A top-tier incident management team transferred command to forest officials on Thursday. That team had assumed command soon after the lightning-caused fire started July 14 about 16 miles (26 kilometers) south of Prescott.

An announcement of the transfer of command said there'd been little fire activity in recent days and that higher humidity levels helped assist the efforts of firefighters who will continue to closely monitor the fire.

The area of the fire remains closed to the public but roads on the boundary of the closure area are open to public use.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Pres