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Update on 89E/Viewpoint Fire

11 May 2018  
The fire is now being called the ViewPoint fire.

Editor's Note: We anticipate that this article will be frequently updated. Please check back often.

9:00 PM: All evacuations are lifted. Poquito Valley and Antelope Meadows are open only to residents at this time.

VIEWPOINT FIRE DESTROYS HOMES FORCES EVACUATIONS IN YAVAPAI COUNTY

A fast moving brush fire has destroyed multiple homes and has forced evacuations in Yavapai County, south of Chino Valley.

Two homes have been confirmed destroyed, along with possibly, three to four more – all in the Poquito Valley-area. Ten to 12 outbuildings have also been lost in the fire.

Once conditions are safe, crews will work to assess damage and confirm structure loss numbers.

More than 400 structures remain threatened and evacuations are in place. Per the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, residents along Antelope Meadows Road – north of Pronghorn and those on N. Poquito Valley Road – north of Acre Way have been evacuated. YCSO has also evacuated a Buddhist Temple off Perkinsville Road.

The Northern Arizona chapter of the Red Cross has opened a shelter for evacuees at the Yavapai County Community College, at 1100 E. Sheldon Street, Prescott. Large animals can be taken to the Coors Event Center. For evacuation information please call 928-442-5103.

The Viewpoint Fire, formerly the 89E Fire, started late this morning and is burning through dry vegetation near State Route 89A. Dry fuels and gusty winds have fueled the fire to 2,000+ acres as it continues to push northward and is now just south of Chino Valley.

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management has command of the fire, with the help of more than 200 fire personnel, including local cooperating agencies and aircraft, working to stop forward progression of this fire. Additional aircraft, including a VLAT, or very large air tanker have been ordered.

The cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation.

As a reminder, Stage II Fire Restrictions are in place in Yavapai County on state-owned and managed lands and throughout the Prescott National Forest. Absolutely no campfires are allowed, no target shooting or discharging of weapons, and no fireworks are permitted.

The safety of our firefighters and our residents is our number one priority, therefore restrictions will remain in place, until we feel conditions are improving and it is safe to do so.

For more information, contact Tiffany Davila at 602-540-1036 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Evacuations

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for resident’s located Perkinsville Rd east of mile marker 8 in the area of the Buddhist temple. There is a significant danger to you, gather necessary items and go. Shelter has been set up at Yavapai College in Prescott

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for residents of Antelope Meadows and for residents located off of Poquito Valley north of Acre way. There is signifying danger to you, gather necessary items and go. Shelter has been set up at Yavapai College in Prescott.

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Shelters

Shelter has been set up at Yavapai College building #2 located at 1100 E Sheldon St, Prescott, AZ 86301.

Small Animal Shelter is located at Yavapai College building #4 room 421 and 423 at 1100 E Sheldon St, Prescott, AZ 86301.

Large Animal Shelter is located at Coors Event Center at 10501 N Hwy 89A, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.

Basic Information - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5791/\

Current as of: ‎5‎/‎11‎/‎2018‎ ‎1‎:‎02‎:‎12‎ ‎PM

Incident Type: Wildfire

Cause: Unknown, Under Investigation

Date of Origin: Friday May 11th, 2018 approx. 01:00 PM

Location: 9 miles S. of Chino Valley

Incident Commander: Cougan Carothers, CAFMA

Incident Description: Wildfire

Coordinates: 34.669 latitude, -112.44 longitude

Current Situation: 

Total Personnel

200

Size

2,000 Acres

Fuels Involved

dry grasses, brush

  

For additional information please watch the Yavapai County Emergency Management Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ycoem

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