CROWN KING, Ariz. (3TV/CBS 5) - As of Wednesday, Oct. 21, the Horse Fire burning 7 miles northwest of Crown King, near Prescott, has grown to 9,442 acres.
The Forest Service says airtankers and helicopters continue working on slowing the spread of the fire, while protecting structures in-and-around the Crown King community.
Containment is currently at 32 percent.
All roads leading to Crown King are currently closed. The Forest Service asks people to avoid the area to allow supression resources to travel safely.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office issued a Code Red “GO” evacuation order for Crown King communities:
“There is a wildfire threatening your area. A mandatory evacuation has been issued for resident’s located in Crown King. There is a significant danger to you, gather necessary items and go. Shelter had been set up at Mayer High School. For assistance please call 928 771 3260 or 911.”
Extreme fire behavior was observed today, making the fire grow up-hill in the area.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Up-to-date information from the Forest Service on this wildfire is available [HERE].