PRESCOTT, AZ - Crews have boxed in a wind-whipped wildfire that has charred an estimated 500 acres near Prescott.
Several agencies rushed to the scene Tuesday in hopes of fending off the blaze at a time when dry conditions have Arizona on high alert.
The fire was reported in grassland between Chino Valley and Prescott at about 4 p.m. and it's still unclear how it started.
Sustained winds are around 25-30 mph, gusting near 45 mph in Chino Valley this afternoon, according to ABC15 Chief Meteorologist Amber Sullins.
Sullins said winds are starting to back off now. As of 5 p.m., gusts are down to 35 mph.
Winds will continue to gust near 30 mph there at times overnight and Wednesday, said Sullins.
By nightfall, crews were trying to fully control the blaze with some flames active on the fire's northeast side.
The fire came less than a year after Prescott lost 19 members of a hotshot crew during a wildfire. It was the worst loss of life for firefighters in the U.S. since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.