Arizona Residents Returning After Progress Made With Doce Fire

Most residents who live near the Doce Fire northwest of Prescott (AZ) were allowed to return to their homes Saturday afternoon after firefighters made significant progress attacking the fire, reports

Officials announced that residents of about 435 of the 465 homes evacuated in the Williamson Valley corridor would be allowed to return. Only residents will be allowed into a series of subdivisions, and Yavapai County sheriff’s deputies will operate checkpoints through today.

The Doce Fire was 40 percent contained Saturday evening, officials said. Tinderbox fire conditions prevailed across the state, with the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests near Flagstaff declaring an extreme risk of fire. Rangers were conducting additional patrols throughout the forests to enforce fire restrictions, which include a ban on campfires and charcoal grills.

The good news in Prescott came as officials in eastern Arizona called in federal crews to attack the Rock Creek Fire, which had consumed about 1,800 acres in a remote drainage area between Whiteriver and Hawley Lake.

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