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Firefighters gain control of 'Ranch Fire' in Yavapai County

Ranch Fire
Ranch Fire
Posted at 4:07 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 01:18:12-04

CONGRESS, AZ — Fire crews say a 250-acre brush fire burning in Yavapai County is almost fully contained.

Officials say the human-caused "Ranch Fire" started Wednesday afternoon on OX Ranch, just outside of Congress.

When the fire started, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office issued a Code Red "Get Ready" to evacuate message to residents in the area.

YCSO deputies say two homes were destroyed and five were in danger. Eight homes were vacated before the evacuation order ended around 7:15 p.m.

In addition to firefighters, an aircraft was ordered to help slow the fire's movement and protect nearby structures.

Officials say the fire was sparked when an off-road vehicle had a mechanical issue starting a small fire in the area.

Firefighters will be back Thursday morning when they hope to have the fire fully contained.