Yarnell Hill Fire Update Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 10:00 Pm
Incident: Yarnell Hill Fire Wildfire
Yarnell Hill Fire Update Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 10:00 pm
Fire Information Center Hours: 5:30 am to 9:00 pm
Fire Information Phone Number: 928-427-3347 (Public)
New Media number: 928-427-6475
Public Yavapai County Call Center: 928-777-7481
Fire Start Date: June 28, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. Location: West of State 89 between Yarnell andPeeplesValley
Size: Estimated at 8,400 acres Percent Contained: 8 percent containment
Evacuations: Residents ofPeeplesValley and Yarnell, evacuated by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, remain out of their homes. The Yarnell Fire Department and Yavapai County are assessing homes and structures around Glen Ilah and Yarnell and are working hard to have the evacuees return to their homes. Red Cross shelters are open atYavapaiCommunity College inPrescott at 928-717-8210 and at theWickenburgHigh School in Wickenburg at 480-213-0706. People and small animals are welcome at both shelters while large livestock can be taken to Hidden Springs Ranch on Highway 89.
Meetings: There will be a community meeting in Wickenburg at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning at theWickenburgHigh School.
Media Briefings: There will be media briefings at the south road block on State 89 at 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. tomorrow and at the north roadblock at 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Fire Closures: State Highway 89 remains closed betweenDate Creek Road south of Yarnell and at mile marker 283 north of PeeplesValley. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has three different road blocks: the junctions of Highway 89 and Hays Ranch Road;Hays Ranch Road andSickles Ranch Road; and at Buckhorn andFrontier Road.
Number of Resources: There are 596 personnel assigned to the fire, including eight crews and 44 engines. At least nine helicopters assigned to the incident and air tankers are available to support firefighters.
Fire Conditions and Weather: Temperatures will be in the low to mid 90s tomorrow, humidity 15 to 18 percent, and predicted winds out of the west/southwest at 10 to 15 miles per hour, gusting up to 20 miles per hour. If afternoon thunderstorms develop in the area of the fire, winds could increase up to 50 miles per hour and more erratic fire behavior would likely occur. This afternoon, thunderstorms developed aroundFlagstaff and moved towardsPrescott, but did not affect the fire area. Some crews working around open fire lines on the northeast flank were temporarily pulled off the line in case the thunderstorm gusts materialized.
Today, firefighters made good progress on the northeast corner and the fire perimeter near Yarnell. Two hot shot crews scouted the western flank until the threat of thunderstorms caused them to move to safer areas. Creeping and smoldering continued around the structures, primarily in the afternoon, and some areas around structures are still holding enough heat to be a concern. A plan is being developed to restore utilities and infrastructure to the affected communities. Contingency lines were scouted in case the fire becomes active again. Tonight, crews will be patrolling in the developed areas and working on flareups and visible heat.
Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3461/ (may be intermittently out of service)
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