6/22/2013 5:34:00 PM Evacuation order lifted for some communities; Doce fire 40 percent contained
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Travis Thompson from the U.S. Forest Service's Black Mesa Ranger District talks about defending a home in Sundown Acres west of Prescott using a sprinkler system Friday morning.
The evacuation order for residents along the Williamson Valley Road corridor who had to leave Tuesday because of the Doce fire was lifted as of 5 p.m. Saturday.
The areas that have the all-clear include American Ranch, Sundown Acres, Cielo Grande, Stazinski Road and Mint Creek Ranch. Checkpoints remain in place, and entry will be limited to residents only, with ID and proof of residency required.
Residents returning to their homes are urged to be cautious, as firefighters and equipment will continue to be in the area.
"When residents return to their homes, deputies (at checkpoints) will hand them post-evacuation information packets about health and safety precautions," Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said. "Issues include electrical awareness, food spoilage, effects of fire retardant if applicable, and flood concerns."
Evacuations remain in place for Granite Basin, Alto Recreation Area, Blackjack and Camp Anytown.
"We're assessing safety and everything else to determine when the community can get back in," Incident Commander Tony Sciacca said Saturday.
The Doce fire, which erupted Tuesday morning, is currently 40 percent contained, but heat still remains on the fire perimeter with potential to flare up.
"The fire has hit a rocky area with no fuel, and we're getting crews in and getting it contained," Sciacca said after a press briefing.
Crews are continuing to build a line on the west flank around the north end of the fire.
The Prescott National Forest has closed the entire area around the human-caused Doce Fire, which began Tuesday, June 18, in the Dosie Pit area off Iron Springs Road in Prescott. A map of the closed area is posted on the Prescott National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/prescott.
Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo said he'd like to remind people that the fire is not near downtown Prescott and that the bluegrass festival this weekend is still taking place.
Fraijo said he's received calls about people wanting to donate to help people affected by the fire, but he said donations were not needed here, and suggested they donate to their local American Red Cross instead.
A community meeting will be held 6 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at the Ruth Street Theater on the Prescott High School campus.