(Posted May 13, 2012, at 5:58 p.m.) At approximately 11 AM today, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the Crown King community regarding a wildfire report.
Members of the Crown King Fire Department had been notified and arrived on Gladiator Mine Road to find two fully engulfed structures and the fire spreading into the adjacent forest. Fire personnel from the Arizona State Office of Forestry and US Forest Service were called to assist. In recent hours, air tanker strikes have occurred over the target area which is difficult to access by land crews.
At 4:45 PM, the Incident Command staff ordered mandatory evacuations from the town of Crown King. The designated evacuation center will be Mayor High School – 17300 E Mule Deer Drive, Mayer. American Red Cross personnel will be on hand to assist those arriving from Crown King. American Red Cross evacuation information is 928-237-6751. The American Red Cross CANNOT provide information on the fire status or evacuation order specifics. If someone is trying to locate family or friends from the Crown King area, this IS the number to call.
The fire has overtaken a portion of the Crown King Road making the road inaccessible. Deputies will be directing residents via alternative outlets leading directly to the Mayer area on Hwy 69.
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is asking all persons to stay off outlet roads coming from Crown King. Portions of these roads are passable by only one vehicle and in very rough terrain. It is critical the roads remain open and accessible to evacuees.
Updates will be provided when next available. Currenttly there is no information as to the fire’s cause.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at
928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov
(source: Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona State Forestry)