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6/20/2013 3:10:00 PM
Verde Valley crews aid effort to control Doce Fire
The Doce Fire has now been sized at 6,379 acres based on Wednesday night’s infrared flight. Photos courtesy of US Forest Service
The Doce Fire has now been sized at 6,379 acres based on Wednesday night’s infrared flight. Photos courtesy of US Forest Service
The Forest Service has already pegged their two-day cost at $1 million, primarily due to the costs for air support.
The Forest Service has already pegged their two-day cost at $1 million, primarily due to the costs for air support.
Gov. Brewer issues emergency declaration for Yavapai County
Governor Jan Brewer Thursday signed a Declaration of Emergency in response to the fast-growing Doce Fire, in Yavapai County. The fire is burning through the Prescott National Forest, about 8 miles northwest of Prescott. 

The declaration makes available $100,000 from the Governor's Emergency Fund to support emergency response and recovery efforts associated with the fire. Funds disbursed by the Declaration are not available to reimburse homeowners for damage caused by the fire or evacuation costs. The Declaration also authorizes the Adjutant General to mobilize the Arizona National Guard as necessary to protect life and property.

Governor Brewer is authorized under state statute to declare a State of Emergency. The Declaration directs the following actions:

• Declares that a State of Emergency exists in Yavapai County due to the Doce fire, effective June 18, 2013, and continuing; and

• Directs that the sum of $100,000 from the general fund be made available to the Director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management to be expended in accordance with A.R.S. § 35- 192, A.A.C. R8-2-301 to 321, and Executive Order 79-4; and

• Directs that the State of Arizona Emergency Response and Recovery Plan be used to direct and control state and other assets, and authorizes the Director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management to coordinate state assets; and

• Authorizes the Adjutant General to mobilize and call to activate all or such part of the Arizona National Guard as is determined necessary to assist in the protection of life and property throughout the State.

Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the State's request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant. This will make available federal funding to reimburse 75 percent of the State's costs for fire suppression and related actions, such as evacuations and sheltering operations.

The Doce Fire, which is currently 0 percent contained, has burned approximately 6,500 acres, and is threatening numerous homes and communities. A Southwest Area Interagency Type-1 Incident Management Team has assumed management of firefighting activities.

The Arizona Division of Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 9 a.m. Wednesday in support of Yavapai County. The EOC will monitor the Doce Fire and coordinate the State response to local resource requests.

Once the fire is contained, Preliminary Damage Assessment teams comprised of representatives of state and local governments will conduct field surveys of the fire damage and identify communities at risk for post-fire flooding.

For real-time incident updates, preparedness and hazard information, visit the Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN) website, www.AzEIN.gov


Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


PRESCOTT -- There are 614 Forest fire crewmembers working the Doce Fire 8 miles northwest of Prescott, burning in the Granite Mountain Wilderness.

A Verde Valley fire engine with a crew of four and Sedona Chief of Support Services Scott Schwisow also have been called up. Schwisow is a member of Tony Sciacca's Southwest Area Type I Incident Team, which arrived Wednesday to assume management of the fire.

Verde Valley Fire District sent a Type-3 medium duty, high clearance truck used for wild land fires. The truck is accompanied by four crew members. The Verde Valley rig is one of 27 engines and 11 water tenders that have been called up.

Cottonwood Fire Chief Mike Kuykendall believes the incident will not yet need local crews while there are so many U.S. Forest personnel in the state on the fire.

The Incident Command has reduced the size of the fire from earlier estimates of 7,500 acres. The blaze, which grew rapidly, has now been sized at 6,379 acres based on Wednesday night's infrared flight.

The Forest Service has already pegged their two-day cost at $1 million, primarily due to the costs for air support.

The fire is human caused. Individuals who may have seen suspicious activity related to the Doce Fire are asked to contact Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations at (928) 527-3508 or 3509.

Some 500 homes have been evacuated in the path of the blaze.

The area around the fire also has been closed to the public to allow for easy access by emergency crews.

Firefighters are assessing structure protection needs in all evacuated subdivisions, constructing indirect fire line and installing sprinklers as needed.

Up to date information is included in the website: inciweb.org/incident/3437


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

The fireman and woman are the best.It's hard
enough in the Arizona heat just to do miniscule
tasks.These warriors fight fires in the most
dangerous terrain on the planet.
I hope the fire season ends early for these hero's.
I also hope that the fire starters will be caught
and prosecuted to the MAX.I trust these warriors efforts are appreciated and recognition will flow.
I personally lived thru the fires in Florida and
the same courage I witnessed there.
The fire managers are the elete and their
wisdom is fantastic.God's speed to these folks.




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