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Grapevine Fire Update – July 24, 2023

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Grapevine Fire, July 24

Location: Mingus Mountain, Verde Ranger District (T14N, R2E, SEC 4), Approximately 10 miles east of Prescott Valley; 2 miles south of Mingus Spring Ranch
Start Date: July 21, 2023
Size: 400 Acres
Cause: Lightning
Resources: 2 Type-1 Crews, 2 Engines, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, additional support personnel.
Fire behavior: Low/Moderate fire behavior.
Types of vegetation in the area (aka fuels): Grass, brush, and timber understory.

Grapevine Fire, July 24


Yesterday’s afternoon thunderstorms moved over the Grapevine Fire where outflows winds pushed to fire to the west increasing the fire size to 400 acres. Each fire receives a strategic, risk-based management strategy. Due to terrain and limited access; firefighters continue to scout the area for containment features and identify hazards as they begin to safely suppress the fire

Ryan Barela’s Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management has assumed command of the Grapevine Fire as of 0600 hours today, July 24, 2023.


Smoke may be visible from multiple locations including Prescott Valley, Dewey, Prescott, and along Highway 169.

Fire Restrictions:

The entire Prescott National Forest is under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions which prohibits building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including charcoal and briquettes, outside a structure that is provided by the Forest Service within designated areas for portions of the forest. Under these restrictions, discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun, except for persons engaged in legal hunting activities, is prohibited on the Prescott National Forest. Fireworks and the use of exploding targets are always prohibited year-round on national forests.

Evacuation Information:

For current evacuation information contact the Yavapai County Sherriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 or follow them at

Yavapai County Emergency Management has activated evacuation shelters and the Call Center for the Grapevine Fire and the Racetrack Fire. For those needing shelter, the American Redi Cross and Animal Disaster Services will be at the Camp Verde Gym. Anyone with barn animals can take their animals to the LASER shelter at Arizona Downs on Hwy 89A.

Recreationists on Mingus Mountain should avoid camping and hiking near the fire and utilize caution while driving the roads as firefighters will be traveling to and from the fire.

For fire information please call (928)925-1111; or stay up to date on Prescott National Forest news by checking the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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