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Gladiator Fire Evacuations lifted for Crown King, Pine Flats, Turkey Creek 

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(Posted May 25, 2012, at 9:50 a.m.) The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has announced a three phase re-entry procedure going into effect today for the communities of Crown King, Pine Flats, and Turkey Creek. Electricity will also be restored to the area this afternoon.

 

Phase I

FRIDAY 5/25/2012 0800 hours – Crown King will be opened to FULLTIME RESIDENTS and BUSINESS OWNERS Only.

 

FRIDAY 5/25/2012 1800 hours – Pine Flat and Turkey Creek will be opened to FULLTIME RESIDENTS and BUSINESS OWNERS Only.

 

Phase II (24hours later)

SATURDAY 5/26/2012 0800 hours – Crown King, Pine Flats, and Turkey Creek will be opened to Part Time Residents and Other Property Owners.

 

Phase III (48hours after Phase II)

Monday 5/28/12 0800 hours – Crown King, Pine Flats, and Turkey Creek will be opened to the Public and Media.

 

In order to make entry into the fire zone and pass through the road block, residents will be required to obtain a “RE-ENTRY PASS” from the Sheriff’s Office. These passes will only be issued at the Mayer Sheriff’s Substation. Residents must bring proof of residency to the Mayer Sheriff’s Office Substation located at 13272 Central Ave., Mayer, AZ in order to receive the pass.

 

For more information about re-entry, please call the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at 928-713-2709.

 

Last night, despite wind gusts of up to 60 mph, all containment lines held. Infrared mapping technology still detected heat in the southwest corner of the fire; however 20% less heat was detected than the night before.

 

Today’s actions include holding, patrolling and mopping up containment lines. Areas disturbed by suppression actions will continue to be rehabilitated today. Mop up work planned for today includes putting out smoldering material 200 feet from containment lines, cutting down snags, and digging trenches to prevent rolling debris. Firefighters will also utilize chippers to remove slash from around the community of Crown King.

 

Red flag conditions – hot, dry weather and with gusty winds are expected again. Twenty-five to 40 mph winds from the south with gusts up to 50 mph are expected today. Strong winds blowing embers beyond containment lines and starting spot fires remains a concern. With current conditions, if an ember or spark lights an unburned area, it is expected to spread rapidly.

 

As fire activity decreases, additional fire personnel will continue to be released. The Type 1 Incident Management Team plans to turn the fire back to the Prescott National Forest to manage with a smaller Type 3 organization on Sunday.

 

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.

  • 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 56) 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

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
  • 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
  • Media duty officers: 928-515-9112 or 928-515-9142

For smoke information and air quality forecasts, please visit: http://www.azfireinfo.com/links.asp#Smoke.

 

Gladiator Fire summary:

  • Size: Approximately 16,240 acres
  • Containment: 35 percent
  • Cost: $12.27 million
  • Cause: Human caused; originated from a structure fire on private property
  • Terrain: Steep, rugged, difficult access
  • Resources: 12 Type-1 Crews, 12 Type-2 Crews, 33 Engines, 22 Water Tenders, 5 Dozers, 4 Type 1 Helicopters, 2 Type 2 Helicopters, 2 Type 3 Helicopters
  • Total no. of personnel: 990
  • Injuries to date: 8
  • Structures destroyed: 6

 

(Source: Southwest Area Incident Management Team, Prescott National Forest, Arizona State Forestry Division)

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