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The Doce Fire creates a cloud of smoke which traveled all the way through to West Sedona on Tuesday, June 18. The fire started on the Prescott National Forest, near Granite Mountain, burning more than 6,300 acres with 0 percent containment as of late Sunday, June 23.The Doce Fire northwest of Prescott continues to send smoke into the air over the Verde Valley.

The fire began south of Iron Springs Road around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, and spread to hundreds of acres within hours. It is currently burning 8 miles northwest of Prescott in Granite Mountain Wilderness.

As of 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 23, the fire had burned 6,767 acres, based on measurements from an infrared flight conducted late Wednesday, June 19. The U.S. Forest Service reports 650 firefighters and support personnel are comprised of 16 hand crews and 22 engines, 5 water tenders, two dozers and four helicopters. The human-caused Doce Fire is 50 percent contained. The cost to date is $5,328,871.

For the full story, see the Friday, June 21, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News. For updates, check back on

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