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Gladiator Fire: Wednesday, 26% Containment, Plus Maps, Photos

 
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Gladiator Fire: Wednesday, 26% Containment, Plus Maps, Photos Photos courtesy Kari Greer/US Forest Service; from Inciweb.org

Wednesday morning Gladiator fire update

Editor's note: All updates from Wednesday will be placed on this page. Check back frequently.

Gladiator Fire

May 23, 2012 @ 9:00PM

Size: Approximately 16,240 acres

Containment: 30%

Cause: Human caused; originated from a structure fire on private property

Terrain: Steep, rugged, brushy with very difficult access

Resources:

13 Type-1 Crews;

14 Type-2 Crews;

42 Engines;

35 Water Tenders;

5 Dozers;

3 Type 1 Helicopters;

2 Type 2 Helicopters;

2 Type 3 Helicopters

Total no. of personnel: 16,240

Personnel Injuries to date: 7

Structures destroyed: 6

 

There will be an informal community gathering at 6 pm, Thursday, May 24 at the Mayer High School, 17300 East Mule Deer Drive, Spring Valley, AZ. A fire update will be provided.

Containment Percentage Continues to Increase on the Gladiator Fire

Firefighters continue to reinforce and strengthen fire lines. Portions of the Senator Highway are now contingency lines.

Heavy fuels continue to burn in the interior of the fire. Firefighters are monitoring unburned areas for spot fires from flying embers that have flown outside of containment lines. Intermittent columns of smoke may be seen as interior pockets of fuel burn out.

Red flag conditions – hot, dry weather and with strong winds, are expected tomorrow and a cold front is forecasted for this weekend, which will reduce temperatures and increase the chances for precipitation.

Rehabilitation efforts have begun on the fire area to restore and stabilize areas disturbed by suppression activities.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has been ordered and tasked by Forest Supervisor, Betty Mathews, to assess the damages and potential threats to Prescott National Forest lands caused by the Gladiator Fire. BAER Team information is now available at http://inciweb.org/incident/2875/.

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!


Size: Approximately 15,622 acres

Containment: 26%

Cause: Human caused; originated from a structure fire on private property

Terrain: Steep, rugged, brushy with very difficult access

Resources:

13 Type-1 Crews

16 Type-2 Crews

43 Engines

37 Water Tenders

5 Dozers

6 Type 1 Helicopters

2 Type 2 Helicopters

2 Type 3 Helicopters,

Total no. of personnel: 1,151 personnel

Injuries to date: 7

Structures destroyed: 6

Cost: $8+ million

There will be an informal community gathering at 6 pm, Wednesday, May 23 at the Mayer High School, 17300 East Mule Deer Drive, Spring Valley, AZ. A fire update will be provided.

Hot, Windy And Dry Again Today

Strong Southwest winds will dominate, as red flag warnings continue through today. The winds will start earlier today and will continue to get stronger as the day progresses. Low humidity and high temperatures are expected again today and contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Heavy fuels will continue to burn in the interior of the fire. Firefighters will continue to monitor for spot fires from flying embers outside of the fire lines.

Firefighters continue to reinforce and strengthen fire lines and continue to hold the 92 Road. Work will continue along the Senator Highway, to strengthen the contingency line.

Rehabilitation efforts have begun on the fire area to restore and stabilize areas disturbed by suppression activities.

Maps

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 Area Map; Credit: T1SWIMT; from Inciweb.org site.

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A Perimeter and Containment  Map; Credit: T1SWIMT; from Inciweb.org site.

 

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This is a closeup of the above map, with details. Map Credit: T1SWIMT; from Inciweb.org site. 

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A Progression Map; Credit: T1SWIMT; from Inciweb.org site. 

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 Wednesday morning heat map, from Google Earth.

 

 

Photos

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 Photos courtesy Kari Greer/US Forest Service; from Inciweb.org

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Photos courtesy Kari Greer/US Forest Service; from Inciweb.org 

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Photos courtesy Kari Greer/US Forest Service; from Inciweb.org 

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Photos courtesy Kari Greer/US Forest Service; from Inciweb.org 

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Photos courtesy Kari Greer/US Forest Service; from Inciweb.org 

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Photos courtesy Kari Greer/US Forest Service; from Inciweb.org 

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 Photos courtesy Kari Greer/US Forest Service; from Inciweb.org

Evacuations

An evacuation order remains in effect for the community of Crown King, and the Battle Flat, Pine Flat, and Turkey Creekareas. 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!

Closures

 

An expanded Closure Order is in effect, as of May 20, 2012 at 6 p.m., for all Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District land south of the following:

Beginning at the southwest corner, Township 12 North, Range 3 West, Section 33; south of River Pasture, along Forest Road 72 west to FS Road 667, following Middlewater Creek to the south of Maverick Mountain, east to Forest Road 9403C and onto Forest Road 52B connecting to the Senator Highway (County Road 56). Senator Highway east continuing to FS Road 261 east of Mount Union Lookout towards County Road 58 through Breezy Pines, extending to Poland Junction.

 

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A closeup of the forest closure area.

 

  • 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). .
  • Mayer-Bolada Road (County Road 177) is closed at the Forest Boundary.
  • Forest Road 711 is closed south of the Forest boundary at Cow Creek
  • Forest Road 362 is closed south of the Forest boundary at Wagner.
  • Forest Road 192 is closed

Fire Bans

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.

The public can obtain fire information via the following:

Gladiator Fire Information: 928-632-4368 or 928-632-4420 (7am to 10pm)

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

Gladiator Fire Incident Website: http://www.inciweb.org or www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott