Prescott, AZ (May 5, 2019) – Firefighters responded to a smoke report today at 11:15 am, approximately 7 miles south of Prescott near Mt. Tritle (T12N, R2W, S23). The 3 acre Tritle Fire is burning in ponderosa pine and chaparral. Firefighters have a line around the perimeter of the fire and are working towards containment. Several Prescott National Forest Engines, the Prescott Hotshots, a Type 3 Helicopter, Groom Creek Fire Department and miscellaneous overhead personnel are working the fire.
Firefighters will remain on scene through the evening working to secure the perimeter and extinguishing interior fuels. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
In the interest of safety, the public is reminded to obey all traffic signs, drive slowly, and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the fire as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be traveling on roads.
THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!
It only takes one spark to start a wildfire. Chainsaws, dragging trailer safety chains, carelessly tossed cigarettes, fireworks, abandoned campfires, and discharge of firearms are all known causes of wildfire. Wildfires impact recreation areas, may destroy homes, and threaten lives.
The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
·Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
·Bradshaw Ranger District: (928) 443-8000
·Prescott NF Fire Information (928) 925-1111
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