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PRESCOTT, AZ (CBS5) -

On Friday morning, fire crews took the media on a tour of an area that the fire has already ripped through. The area is called Sundown Acres.

Crews are actively working at nearby homes to fend off the flames. What's left of the big slurry drops was seen, and crews were setting up sprinkler systems to douse the vegetation with water so it's less flammable.

"It also allows us to leave the area if the fire intensity is too high and becomes unsafe for the fire personnel here," said Todd Foster with the incident management team.

And while they have a good foothold on it now, that could always change.

"It all depends on the weather," Foster said. "Right now, we have the fire stopped fairly well in the canyon behind us. We have helicopters dropping fire on the hot spots that are somewhat close."

Fire crews have been working day and night to protect the structures near the Doce Fire. For example, a charred tree stands just yards in front of a house untouched by the fire.

"If I got a fire bumping up against three houses and one crew, we're going to pick the house we have the best possibility to protect," Bill Morse with the Flagstaff Fire Department said. He said that means if a house has, for example, piles of wood and dense brush surrounding it, they won't waste their time if their efforts are needed elsewhere. On the tour, several helicopters were seen dropping water, too, since the air tankers have been diverted to a wildfire in New Mexico.

"Helicopters are our best tool where we're at the Doce Fire now because helicopters can make a pinpoint drop of water," Morse said.

Hot Shot crews on the mountain will be working on maintaining those lines they are already have and closing in on containment this weekend.

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