May 22, 2012 @ 9:00pm
Size: Approximately 15,622 acres Containment: 26%
Cause: Human caused; originated from a structure fire on private property
Steep, rugged, brushy with very difficult access
13 Type-1 Crews, 16 Type-2 Crews, 43 Engines, 37 Water Tenders, 5 Dozers, 6 Type 1 Helicopters, 2 Type 2 Helicopters, 2 Type 3 Helicopters,
Total no. of personnel:
1,151 personnel Injuries to date:
7 Structures destroyed:
There will be an informal community gathering at 6 pm, Wednesday, May 23 at the Mayer High School, 17300 East Mule Deer Drive, Spring Valley, AZ. A fire update will be provided.
FIREFIGHTERS HOLD LINES IN FACE OF FIERCE WINDS
Forecasted red flag warnings for stronger winds and low humidity proved accurate Tuesday. In spite of the conditions, firefighters were able to hold constructed fire lines.
The north and east sides of the fire experienced little activity. Western portions near Towers Mountain were much more active with fire backing down slope towards the Senator Highway.
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. Only evacuation orders issued by the Sheriff’s Office are valid.
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:
For smoke information and air quality forecasts, visit http://www.azfireinfo.com/links.asp#Smoke