Highway 89 Reopens, Final Fire Update
Incident: Yarnell Hill Fire Wildfire
Yarnell Hill Fire Update Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 9:00 am
Public Yavapai County Call Center: 928-777-7481 (Hours: 8:00 am-5:00 pm)
Yarnell Hill Fire Joint Information Center: 928-445-4023, 928-445-1021, 928-445-1145
Highway 89 Reopens; Final Fire Update Unless Conditions Change Significantly
Fire Start Date: June 28, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: West of State 89 between Yarnell and Peeples Valley
Size: Estimated at 8,377 acres Percent Contained: 90 percent containment
Cause: Lightning Personnel: 200 (includes 4 engines)
Structures Destroyed: 114
Aircraft: One helicopter is assigned to the incident and available to support firefighters.
Memorials for Fallen Firefighters: Two sets of memorial boards dedicated to the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots are available for viewing. One set is posted at the intersection of Hwy 89 and W. Hayes Ranch Road A second set available for the first time today from the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Overlook, established adjacent to Hwy 89 in Yarnell. For the Yarnell overlook, a flagpole raised at the incident location will be visible in the distance.
Today, July 10th, access to the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Overlook in Yarnell will be by shuttle service ONLY from a parking area located at the intersection of Hwy 89 and W. Hays Ranch Road. Vans will be available to transport individuals. Limited restroom facilities will be provided. Persons planning to visit the site today should plan for hot weather and long delays. Plan ahead by bringing food /drink, sunscreen, hats /umbrellas, and needed medications, and by topping off gas tanks.
Safety Advisory: Expect a high volume of traffic resulting in increased travel time and congestion that will likely result in extended delays. Please drive safely, as roads include curvy mountain passes with maximum speeds of 15 to 20 mph.
Evacuations: All evacuations have been lifted.
Joint Information Center: Today’s update will be the final Yarnell Hill Fire update, unless conditions change drastically. Questions concerning the Yarnel Hill Fire after today should be directed to the Joint Information Center in Prescott (see numbers above). This Center serves as a clearinghouse for fire-related information. It will be staffed by public information officers and support staff from cooperating agencies engaged in fighting the fire, conducting a memorial service for the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots, and for the on-going investigation of the fatalities.
Fire Closures: Highway 89 is now open.
Fire Conditions and Weather: Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-80s. Predicted winds today will be out of the south at 10 miles per hour. Relative humidity is expected to be 34.
Updates throughout the day today will be posted to the following websites:
Website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3461/ (may be intermittently out of service due to high demand)
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