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Doce Wildfire closer to full containment but still challenges firefighters

Firefighters are expected to work the Doce Wildfire near Prescott through the weekend.  The blaze is now 90 percent contained, and mop up operations are ready to begin. The human-caused wildfire started June 18.  It has consumed more than 11 square miles of brush and trees in steep mountain terrain northwest of Prescott. 

Doce Fire management team spokesman Brian Grant said firefighters have almost completely surrounded the stubborn fire, but there is still a chance for flare-ups that could cross containment lines.

“When they are absolutely certain, absolutely certain that that cannot happen, the incident commander will deem it 100 percent, but sometimes Mother Nature makes it a little more difficult for than we’d like," Grant said.

Grant said officials do not know when the fire will be declared fully contained. A few nearby cabins located remain under evacuation orders. 

Grant said about 140 firefighters are still on the scene down from 700 people a week ago.