The Gladiator Fire was reported on Sunday, May 13, at 11:00 am near community of Crown King. The human caused fire which originated from a structure fire on private property has now moved onto the Prescott National Forest.
Joe Reinarz's Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team assumed management of the Gladiator Fire on the evening of Monday, May 14, 2012. 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, May 27, 2012.
The public can obtain fire information via the following:
- 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
|Cause||Human Caused; Originated From A Structure Fire On Private Property|
|Date of Origin||Sunday May 13th, 2012 approx. 11:00 AM|
|Location||Community of Crown King (T10N, R1W, S14)|
|Incident Commander||Joe Reinarz|
Ponderosa pine and chaparral
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is implementing a three phase re-entry procedure going into effect for the communities of Crown King, Pine Flat, and Turkey Creek. Electricity has also been restored to the area. Phase I FRIDAY 5/25/2012 0800 hours - Crown King will be opened to FULL TIME RESIDENTS and BUSINESS OWNERS Only. FRIDAY 5/25/2012 1800 hours - Pine Flat and Turkey Creek will be opened to FULL TIME RESIDENTS and BUSINESS OWNERS Only. Phase II (24hours later) SATURDAY 5/26/2012 0800 hours - Crown King, Pine Flat, and Turkey Creek will be opened to ALL Residents and Other Property Owners. Phase III (48hours after Phase II) Monday 5/28/12 0800 hours - The town of Crown King, will be opened to the public. 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 Avenue 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. Please visit http://www.yavapaihealth.com/ for additional Yavapai County Health Services Gladiator Fire Evacuee Re-entry and Recovery Information. The Prescott National Forest closure is still in effect due to the Gladiator fire.
A cold front arriving over the area today (May 26) will provide additional relief to the fire. Last night, a “mega moisture burst” brought humidity levels up to 99%, which increased moisture levels in the forest. Today’s temperatures will be 20 degrees below the average normal with humidity levels as high as 30%. Winds from the west, southwest at 20-25 mph with gusts to 45 are expected. Winds are expected to blow ash and dust. Current weather conditions will also reduce the risk of new fires starting. Today crews will continue patrolling and mopping up containment lines. Areas disturbed by suppression actions will continue to be rehabilitated today. Firefighters continue using chippers and masticators to remove slash from around the community of Crown King. As fire activity continues to decrease, additional fire personnel will continue to be released. Four hundred additional resources will be released today. The Type 1 Incident Management Team will turn the fire back to the Prescott National Forest to manage with a smaller Type 3 organization on Sunday (May 27).
Steep terrain and limited access
The Prescott National Forest closure is still in effect due to the Gladiator fire. This closure includes the Forest Service land south of the following on the Bradshaw Ranger District: 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. Forest lands and roads past Crown King remain closed including road 52 to the Horsethief Basin area. · Pine Flat and Turkey Creek is open to full-time residents and property owners. · Senator Highway to Crown King (County Road 56) is closed at the junction with Poland Rd. (County Road 58). . · Mayer-Goodwin 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 Wagoner. · Forest Road 192 is closed Drive Slow! Expect Delays! Firefighters and equipment are actively working in the area! 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/.