Doce Fire grows as crew prepare for strong winds

Doce Fire grows as crew prepare for strong winds

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. -

Strong winds blaze just west of Prescott that could cause a 10-square mile wildfire to grow and ground support aircraft.

The Doce Fire was reported to have burned approximately 6,379 acres in Arizona's Prescott National Forest based on Wednesday night's infrared flight.

More than 600 firefighters are building an indirect fire line on the east and west flanks of the blaze in Arizona's Prescott National Forest. Homes in the subdivisions north of the fire are prepped with sprinklers for protection.

Crews are scheduled Thursday to cut a line and then burn vegetation in order to rob the fire of more fuel. The fire remains zero percent contained.

Meanwhile, a community meeting is planned for Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Ruth Theatre located at Prescott High School Auditorium.

The Doce Fire just west of Prescott, which started Monday before noon, sparked evacuations in the neighborhoods of Granite Basin, Alto Recreation Area, Camp Anytown, Sundown Acres, Black Jack, Mint Creek, Cielo Grande, Dome Road, Stazenski Road, and American Ranch. That's about 460 homes evacuated or given notice to be ready to evacuate.

Seven people evacuated spent Tuesday night at an American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter shelter at Yavapai College, where there is also an area for small pets.

As many as 60 people used a temporary shelter at Yavapai College gymnasium on Wednesday.

There's no indication when those people evacuated will be able to return to their homes.

Winds hampered efforts Wednesday, but the winds Thursday are expected to be even gustier and a red flag warning is in effect.

Investigators say the fire was human-caused but the exact source is under investigation. There were no immediate reports of any injuries or homes being burned.

Video: FOX 10's Diane Ryan, Ty Brennan and Marc Martinez report from Prescott, and FOX 10's Troy Hayden reports from Phoenix.

For full coverage on Arizona wildfires, go to myfoxphoenix.com/wildfires

Doce fire updates: www.regionalinfo-alert.org

Check status of loved ones: www.redcross.org/safeandwell

Doce fire information number: 928-777-7552

Fire closure area: www.fs.usda.gov/prescott

*Individuals who may have seen suspicious activity related to the Doce Fire are asked to contact Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations at 928-527-3508*

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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