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Tussock Fire

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Phoenix District Office
Bureau of Land Management
21605 North 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027

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Tussock Fire- May 17 2021 Morning Update

Tussock Fire Wildfire
News – 5/17/2021

Tussock Fire– May 17, 2021 Morning Update

Acres: 5546 Percent Containment: 91% Date/Time Detected: May 8, 2021. 2:15 PM Structures burned: 0 Number of Resources: 320 Cause: Human-under investigation Origin/Location: 7 miles southwest of Crown King


FIRE OPERATIONS Yesterday, despite the windy day with 40 mph gusts, there were no new starts in the initial attack responsibility area of the Tussock Fire. While higher relative humidity kept the area from reaching Red Flag weather conditions, the potential for new large wildfires exists.   The fire's over all complexity continues to lessen. The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team #2 will begin to demobilize or reassign personnel and equipment ahead of transitioning the fire to a local incident management organization to complete remaining tasks. The transition will take place tomorrow at 6:00 a.m.
Firefighters will continue to monitor, secure and patrol the fire line. As a majority of firefighters are released throughout the day, engines, hand crews and 2 helicopters will remain assigned to the fire.   Heavy equipment completed road improvements on Forest Road 362 from Hooper Saddle to Minnehaha on Sunday. The crews used dozers and graders to level the road and masticators to remove brush along the roadside. This road improvement will allow for better access to future fires. Chippers also completed their assignments around the community of Crown King. Heavy equipment and personnel will be released this afternoon as the team continues to downsize.       FIRE RESTRICTIONS Fire Restrictions are in effect across Arizona.  Information is available at   PUBLIC LANDCLOSURES All BLM and Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails in the area of the Tussock Fire are closed. Full closure details are available on the Tussock Fire Inciweb Facebook: Public and Media Information Phone line (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.): 928-228-0720