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 public can obtain fire information via the following:
Gladiator Fire Information: 928-632-4368 or 928-632-4420 (7am to 10pm)
Prescott National Forest Fire Information Hotline: 928-777-5799 (recorded message)
Media duty officers: 928-515-9112 or 928-515-9142 (7 am to 10 pm)
Lead public information officer: 505-235-4213.
Human Caused; Originated From A Structure Fire On Private Property
Date of Origin
Sunday May 13th, 2012 approx. 11:00 AM
Community of Crown King (T10N, R1W, S14)
Ponderosa pine and chaparral
High temperatures and low humidity will contribute to very active to extreme fire behavior today, even though winds will be light. Single digit humidity over the fire will be of several hours duration, allowing fire in very dry fuels to steadily increase in intensity. Probability of ignition is 100%, which means any windblown ember will ignite a new fire.
There will be a community meeting for area residents at 3 pm, today, May 20 at the Mayer High School, 17300 East Mule Deer Drive, Spring Valley, AZ. From 3 pm to 4 pm a fire update will be provided. From 4 pm to 5 pm a tutorial will be presented on use of Google Earth to determine the location of your property in relation to the Gladiator Fire. An evacuation order remains in effect for the community of Crown King, and the Battle Flat, Pine Flat, and Turkey Creek areas. For questions about Evacuations and Roadblocks contact the Yavapai County Sherriff’s Office at 928-713-2709. Be aware that rumors of evacuations are abundant, and ONLY evacuation orders issued by the Sheriff’s Office are valid! The Red Cross Reception Center is located at Mayer Elementary School, Mayer, AZ. Red Cross personnel can be reached at 928-237-6751.
Crews will continue patrol around Crown King, looking for and suppressing any spot fires which may exist. Firefighters will patrol and hold Forest Road 52, and may perform burnout operations to the west toward Senator Highway if necessary. Crews are clearing brush along Senator Highway, and in the Pine Flat area masticators and chainsaw crews continue to reduce vegetative fuel. On the east side of the fire, crews continue to strengthen contingency lines by clearing vegetation. Light winds today will allow extensive use of helicopter bucket drops to cool the fire’s edge. Smoke will be very visible today over the fire, as unstable air allows the smoke column to build. A hotter, drier trend with higher winds is expected over the next few days.
Steep terrain and limited access
A Closure Order is in effect for all Prescott National Forest land south of County Road 177. Current Road Closures: 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 52) is closed at the junction with Poland Rd. (County Road 58). Forest Road 192 is closed. Forest Road 711 is closed south of the Forest boundary at Cow Creek. Mayer-Bolander Road (County Road 177) is closed at the Forest Boundary. Forest Road 362 is closed south of the Forest boundary at Wagner. 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.