PRESCOTT, AZ - A fire near Prescott is forcing dozens of residents to evacuate their homes.
According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, the Boundary Fire sparked near the community of Walker, just off of Highway 69 in he Prescott National Forest.
The blaze came within 200 yards of a building as it continued on its path toward structures in the area, YCSO said.
As many as 80 people have been evacuated, and roads into and out of Walker are restricted as crews fight the fire.
Forest spokeswoman Debbie Maneely says firefighters from several agencies now have hoses positioned around the entire fire and have kept it to between 1 and 2 acres as they work toward containment.
A helicopter is dropping water on the fire, but Maneely says the incident commander is not requesting additional resources, and she says that could be a good sign.
A fire was reported in this same area on Saturday.
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter as a precaution at Yavapai College. The shelter is located at 1100 E. Shelton Street in Prescott.