Human-caused Viewpoint Fire at 100% containment in Prescott Valley

- Firefighters say the human-caused Viewpoint Fire is 100 percent contained in Prescott Valley.

The Viewpoint Fire destroyed at least two homes, and forced people in a number of communities to evacuate.

The fire, formerly known as the 89E Fire, burned 5,600 acres and is controlled and out. Forward progression, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management's Twitter page, has been stopped, and crews will remain on the fire overnight and into Saturday morning to watch for hotspots and patrolling line.

Per Inciweb.org, "The fire is burning through dry vegetation, including grasses and brush, and being fanned by the gusty winds."

According to a statement released by the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, two homes are confirmed destroyed, and possibly up to four other homes, all in the Poquito Valley area. In addition, 10 to 12 outbuildings have been lost.



Current evacuation points are Poquito Valley north of Acre Way, Antelope Meadows from Antelope Meadows Road to Radcliffe starting north, and Perkinsville Road east of mile marker 8 in the area of the Buddhist temple. Police, Jeep Posse and Sheriff's deputies are alerting residents.

The Viewpoint subdivision is no longer being evacuated. Meanwhile, officials with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said early Friday evening that evacuations in Poquito Valley will be lifted at 6:30 p.m., but the area will be open to residents only.



According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, State Route 89A southbound has reopened at milepost 325 in Prescott Valley.

There is a shelter at Yavapai College on 1100 E. Sheldon Street in Prescott. Per Yavapai County Emergency Management, call (928) 771-3260 or 911 for assistance. The Prescott Valley Police Department can also be contacted at (928) 772-9267.

Fire crews from the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority, the Prescott Fire Department, and Prescott Wild Land Fire are on scene along with Prescott Valley Police Officers and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Severe winds are expected Friday and throughout the weekend, which is going to complicate the firefight.

Meanwhile, officials with Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management say the Red Cross of Northern Arizona is opening up a shelter for the evacuees at Building 2 of the Yavapai Community College, located at 1100 E. Sheldon in Prescott. A shelter for small animals is set up at Yavapai Community College, at building #4, rooms 421 and 423.

A large animal shelter has been set up at the Coors Event Center on 10501 N. Highway 89A in Prescott Valley.

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 10 News for updates.


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