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Tussock Wildfire transitions to local firefighters with 94% containment; 5,500 acres burned

The fire is located southwest of Crown King.

WICKENBURG, Ariz. — A 5,500-acre wildfire burning in a remote rugged landscape southwest of Crown King is 94% contained and safety closures in Prescott National Forest were lifted Tuesday morning, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

Evacuations were lifted on Friday after crews were able to gain significant containment.

The fire has burned 5,546 acres as of Monday morning, according to the Incident Information System, with 32 resources assisting.

Prescott National Forest will enter Stage I fire restrictions at 8 a.m., May 14, the National Forest Service said. The restrictions prohibit the following:

  • Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes outside a fire structure that is provided by the Forest Service within a designated area. 
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material.
  • Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations. 

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