Gladiator Fire

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Fire facts as of Monday morning May 21, 2012

Size: approximately 13,953 acres

Containment: 15 percent

Cause: human; originated from a structure fire on private property

Date Started: Sunday, May 13 at 11 a.m.

Location: Community of Crown King

Jurisdiction: Private property and the Prescott National Forest

Fuels: Ponderosa pine and chaparral

Values at Risk: The community of Crown King and the Horsethief Basin. Additional threats are posed to Forest Service campgrounds, lookout towers, communications sites, power lines and historic sites within the forest.

Terrain: Steep, rugged, difficult access

Resources: 3 Type-1 Crews, 4 Type-2 Crews, 11 Engines, 3 Type-1 Helicopters, 1 Type-3 Helicopter, 6 Type-1 Airtankers, Air Attack

Personnel: 1,127

Injuries to date: 2

Significant Events:There will be an informal community gathering at 6 pm, Monday, May 21 at the Mayer High School, 17300 East Mule Deer Drive, Spring Valley, AZ. A fire update will be provided. An evacuation order remains in effect for the community of Crown King, and the Battle Flat, Pine Flat, and Turkey Creek areas. For questions about Evacuations and Roadblocks contact the Yavapai County Sherriff’s Office at 928-713-2709. Be aware that rumors of evacuations are abundant, and ONLY evacuation orders issued by the Sheriff’s Office are valid! Yavapai County issued an air quality update today, advising that smoke from this fire is moving to the northeast toward the Mayer/Dewey area. Your eyes are your best tools to determine if it’s safe to be outside. If it looks smoky, it is probably not a good time for outdoor activities. For more smoke information and air quality forecasts, visit http://www.azfireinfo.com/links.asp#Smoke. The Red Cross Reception Center is staffed if you need to leave your home to get relief from the smoke. It is located at Mayer Elementary School, Mayer, AZ. Red Cross personnel can be reached at 928-237-6751.

Planned Events:On the southwest flank crews were able to hold contingency lines, and continue burnout along Forest Road 52. A finger of fire crossed FR 52 about 4.5 miles south of Pine Flat. Aerial retardant drops were able to hold this slop over at 40 acres, and stop its westward progress. Fire is creeping slowly south on the east side of FR 52, however. The northeast flank of the fire was relatively cool, with very little activity. Patrol and monitoring will continue in this area as necessary. Construction of dozer lines and reduction of vegetation continues north of the fire around Pine Flat. Sunday’s activities were good preparation for the changing weather over the next few days. High temperatures, low humidity, and stronger wind will continue to challenge firefighters.

Overview: Forecasted drier weather and associated strong winds may continue to complicate suppression efforts. Winds from the southeast and south are expected to push the fire north and northwest on Wednesday. Fire behavior is expected to be extreme. Firefighters continue working to suppress the fire and provide structure protection to homes in the community. Firefighting resources will focus on perimeter control when they can do so safely. Crews are also working to protect structures and communication sites west of the fire. In areas where direct attack is not feasible, they will focus on protecting individual structures ahead of the fire.

Restrictions: A Closure Order is in effect for all Prescott National Forest land south of County Road 177. Current Road Closures: All roads leading into the community of Crown King are closed. Cleator – Crown King Road (County Road 59) is closed at Cleator. Senator Highway to Crown King (County Road 52) is closed at the junction with Poland Rd. (County Road 58). Forest Road 192 is closed. Forest Road 711 is closed south of the Forest boundary at Cow Creek. Mayer-Bolander Road (County Road 177) is closed at the Forest Boundary. Forest Road 362 is closed south of the Forest boundary at Wagner. A Yavapai County fire ban is in effect across all fire ban zones. Prescott National Forest Campfire and Smoking Restrictions are also in effect. For AZ Fire Info & Restrictions Information call 1-877-864-6985 or visit http://wildlandfire.az.gov..

Evacuation: The Yavapai County Sheriff issued an Evacuation Order for Pine Flats and Turkey Creek, effective 5 p.m. today (May 18). An evacuation order remains in effect for the community of Crown King. The Battle Flat area is also under evacuation. For questions about Evacuations and Roadblocks, please contact the Yavapai County Sherriff’s Office at 928-713-2709. Please be aware that rumors of evacuations are abundant, and ONLY evacuation orders issued by the Sheriff’s Office are valid! The Red Cross Reception and Care Center is located at Mayer Elementary School, Mayer, AZ. Red Cross personnel can be reached at 928-237-6751. Smoke will remain visible in the area, and may create uncomfortable conditions for those with respiratory problems. The Arizona Department of Transportation issued a smoke hazard advisory today for I-17 between Milepost 265 and Milepost 300, effective 2:23 p.m. and until further notice. Heavy smoke from the fire can be expected on the highway. For current road conditions visit http://az511.gov. For more smoke information and air quality forecasts, visit http://www.azfireinfo.com/links.asp#Smoke.

Remarks: A Closure Order is in effect for all Prescott National Forest land south of County Road 177. Current Road Closures: All roads leading into the community of Crown King are closed. Cleator – Crown King Road (County Road 59) is closed at Cleator. Senator Highway to Crown King (County Road 52) is closed at the junction with Poland Rd. (County Road 58). Forest Road 192 is closed. Forest Road 711 is closed south of the Forest boundary at Cow Creek. Mayer-Bolander Road (County Road 177) is closed at the Forest Boundary. Forest Road 362 is closed south of the Forest boundary at Wagner. A Yavapai County fire ban is in effect across all fire ban zones. Prescott National Forest Campfire and Smoking Restrictions are also in effect. For AZ Fire Info & Restrictions Information call 1-877-864-6985 or visit http://wildlandfire.az.gov.

Yavapai County fire ban in effect across all fire ban zones: Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern. The following are prohibited:

· All open fires and campfires.

· Other types of outdoor fires that produce open flames such as lamp oil in tiki lamps.

· Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays.

· Outdoor use of equipment that generates open flames or a spark. This restricts the use of welding equipment and chain saws.

Prescott National Forest campfire and smoking restrictions are in effect:

· Campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires (wood, charcoal, and coal burning) are prohibited on all Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails; except within developed recreation sites where grills and campfire rings are provided (Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters meeting safety specifications are allowed).

· Smoking is prohibited except within enclosed vehicles, buildings, or developed recreation sites where the area is cleared of all flammable material.

· Campfires are not allowed at the designated dispersed sites within the Prescott Basin. Metal posts identify designated dispersed sites with a number.

Visibility is an excellent measure of air quality. If visibility is ten miles or more, the air quality is good. Visibility of six to nine miles indicates moderate air quality. Three to five miles of visibility indicates conditions unhealthy for sensitive groups. One and a half to two and a half miles, the air quality is unhealthy. One to one and a quarter miles indicates the air quality is very unhealthy. If visibility due to smoke is less than a mile, the air quality is hazardous. Smoke sensitive persons in affected areas may need to take action to mitigate the conditions. Remaining indoors, using air conditioning or temporarily moving to an unaffected area may be necessary.

The public can obtain fire information via the following:

· Gladiator Fire Incident Website: http://www.inciweb.org/

· Prescott National Forest Fire Information Hotline: 928-777-5799 (recorded message)

· Prescott National Forest Web Site: www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott

· Arizona Fire Information & Restrictions: Call toll free 1-877-864-6985 or visit http://wildlandfire.az.gov/.

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