PRESCOTT, AZ - Fire crews battling to further contain a large wildfire in the Prescott National Forest that erupted Tuesday, June 18 said Sunday that they expect to have it fully contained by June 26th.
As of Monday evening, the 11-square-mile Doce Fire was 70 percent contained with nearly 6,767 acres destroyed, according to a press release.
Over 600 personnel are on scene working to extinguish the fire and as of Sunday afternoon, some fire crews were released from the Doce Fire and were going to assist with another fire.
Yesterday, some residents were able to return home as evacuations were lifted around 5 p.m. The lifted evacuations were limited to residents and pets only. Identification and proof of residency are still required to get through the checkpoints.
The cost to control the wildfire is estimated at $5.3 million.
According to a Sunday evening news release, crews spent the day rehabilitating the fire lines, monitoring the fire in less active areas around the southern flank and helicopters "dumped water and foam above Granite Basin Lake to stop fire from backing downhill."
Crews are also starting to clean up the burned areas close to homes and prepare for flooding which could quickly turn into a problem for many neighborhoods that were in the fire zone.
"It's a little unfortunate that you have a fire, timing-wise, right about now," said Bureau of Land Management spokesman Mark Struble. "Because all it would take is a really large downpour up there to cause some major erosional problems."
All residential evacuations were lifted on Sunday but residents were urged to remain cautious due to firefighters and equipment still working in the area. Also, flareups are possible along the fire perimeter, according to forest officials.