UPDATE 1 | MAY 9, 2021 | 2235 PT

Quote of the Day:

“Last year, only northern AZ was under drought conditions and not even a bad one. Fast forward to this year and you notice most of the state under extreme to exceptional drought.” – ABC 15 Meteorologist Jorge Torres (Twitter)


The TUSSOCK FIRE ignited on Saturday, May 8th just before between 1415 – and before 1500 hours, from an unknown ignition that is located about seven (7) miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Tussock Fire Information updated their website address.
Credit: BLM AZ Fire



The Incident Commander (IC) is under a Type 3 IC D. Youngerman.

Fire Staffing

There are about 100 fire personnel assigned to this incident. The SW Area Type 1 IMT #2 with IC Dave Bales is expected to arrive on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 0600 MT.

Air – Ground Resources

Resources: Tankers 40, 105, 101 (Erickson out of Rapid City), 102, 163 (reloading out of Prescott), 168 (out of Sacramento), 169, 910, 10, 5HT, 4AJ (Chinnok), Geronimo Hotshots, and Skycrane 715.

Some aircraft is dipping out of Lake Pleasant.

Incident Cooperators

BLZ AZ Fire, USFS, Prescott National Forest, Yavapai County Emergency Management, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, AZ Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the American Red Cross AZ.

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Credit: Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office


Size/Containment Status

The fire has burned about 3,500 acres of grass and brush with a zero percent containment status.

It has reached the Prescott National Forest boundary.

Fire Behavior

Fire behavior is active and wind-driven (pushing to the north/northwest). Hot, dry and windy conditions are being forecasted for the very near future days.



Around 1124 hours, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office was working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service to close roadways and help with evacuations.

At 2135 hours MT, BLM AZ Fire states, “No structures are being directly threatened.”

–> Mandatory –> Minnehaha, Fort Misery, Horse Thief Basin (GO NOW!)

–> Get Ready –> Crown King

Emergency Notifications

–> Evacuation Updates

–> Emergency Alert Notifications –> Yavapai County Emergency Notification System – Code Red (voice, TTY, SMS, emal). –> Emergency Notification System (ENS) (

Shelter Information

–> Emergency Shelter –> Mayer High School. 17300 East Mule Deer Drive, Mayer, Arizona 86333. #928-771-3260 or 911 (emergencies that are life-emergencies and property threats only)

Assistance Being Offered

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Aerial photo shows dark smoke rising from active fire in hilly terrain (taken 5/9 AM)
Credit: BLM AZ Fire


These are hard closures manned by the Sheriff’s Office and are to protect firefighters, residents, visitors and media.

Forest Roads –> Old Senator Highway at the Junctions of FR 362 and FR 192 near Crown King; Cow Tank Road that leads to FR 711 near Lake Pleasant


May be an image of text that says 'NO DRONE ZONE'

To keep firefighters safe in the air and on the ground, there is a TFR (temporary flight restriction) over the fire ground, which means no air craft (drones) other than firefighting is allowed in the air space around or above the fire line. Having an unauthorized aircraft, such as a drone can bring down one of their fire suppression copters or planes and well, that’s just unsafe and playing with fire. (pardon the pun).

Penalties could also include fines and jail time, say Fire and Law Enforcement Officials.


Hashtags being used on Social Media are: #AZFire #TussockFire #AZwildfires #FireSeason2021

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