With the Doce Fire, near Prescott, still at zero percent containment, many of our readers may be wondering how Prescott itself is being affected. David Maurer, the CEO of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, says the town isn’t feeling any major effects from the fire, which is about 8 miles northwest of historic Courthouse Square in downtown Prescott. “It’s basically just another business day,” Maurer says, adding that the prevailing winds are blowing the fire’s smoke away from the town.
The area threatened by the fire is relatively remote, Maurer says. There have been about 460 evacuations so far, but as of midday Wednesday, no structures have burned.
Maurer says all of Prescott is still “open for business” and that upcoming events will go on as scheduled. That includes this weekend’s Bluegrass Festival, on Saturday and Sunday.
—Noah Austin, Associate Editor