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The Tiger Fire Grows To Over 12-Thousand Acres Near Crown King

The lightning-caused Tiger Fire has grown to over 12-thousand acres in the Prescott National Forest and there is still no containment. Fire activity increased Tuesday from the effects of a high-pressure weather system moving over Arizona, resulting in higher temperatures and lower humidity. Smoke columns within the fire perimeter were more visible. Crews completed a firing operation on the western perimeter to moderate fire movement westward into Horse Thief Basin. Crews continue to prepare for a contingency firing operation off County Road 59 between Cleator and Crown King should conditions require that tactic in coming days and will monitoring Tuesday night’s firing operation on the eastern border of Horse Thief Basin. Others are patrolling, extinguishing hotspots, and securing the eastern perimeter of the fire. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has closed Crown King Road, County Road 59 between Crown King and Cleator. Access to Crown King remains via Goodwin Road to Senator Highway. Residents of Horsethief Basin were put into “Go” status Sunday morning, while Lorena Gultch Cabins are in “Set” and Crown King, Cleator and Black Canyon City are in “Ready.” A community meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday.