Gladiator Fire: Final Update, 100% Contained

14 June 2012   Debbie Maneely
The Gladiator Fire has been declared 100% contained.

Size: Approximately 16,240 acres
Containment: 100%
Cause: Human caused; originated from a structure fire on private property
Cost: $14 million
Terrain: Steep, rugged, brushy with very difficult access
Resources: 2 Engines
Total no. of personnel: 12 personnel
Injuries to date: 8
Structures destroyed: 6

Final Update

Fire officials are calling the Gladiator Fire 100% contained. Crews have reported minimal heat in the interior of the fire, but will continue to patrol and monitor the burned area over the next few weeks.

The community of Crown King and its businesses are open to the public, but visitors are reminded to drive defensively; be aware of your surroundings and obey all fire restrictions and closures in the area.

Forest Closure Area Reduced

The following area is closed to the public as described below including the perimeter of the Gladiator Fire and all access points leading in the fire area:

Senator Highway (County Road 56): Beginning at the intersection of Senator Highway and Forest Road (FR) 89, legal description of Township 11 North, Range 1 West, Section 4, heading south along Senator Highway to the intersection of Senator Highway and FR 362 (Hooper Saddle).

Gladiator Fire Perimeter: All known access points, roads and trails leading into the affected fire area will be closed. Affects Forest Trails: 131, 202, 215, 216, 225, and 275. Affects Forest Roads: 89, 92, 9240A and 9268M.

The following persons are exempt from the closure:

1. Residents or persons with a Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
2. Any Federal, State or local officer or member of any organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.
3. Persons engaged in a business, trade or occupation in the area, who are authorized by the U.S. Forest Service, the State of Arizona, or the County of Yavapai and its employees, agents, contractors and subcontractors.

Current Fire Restrictions for the Prescott NF

The following fire restrictions went into effect Friday, June 8, 2012, at 8:00 am for the entire Prescott National Forest:

The use of campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires (wood, charcoal, and coal burning) are prohibited on all Prescott National Forest lands. This now includes developed campsites and campgrounds.
Use of explosives is prohibited.
Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
Operating a chainsaw, or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, is prohibited between the hours of 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. During acceptable hours, please have 5-10 ft. clearance around your generators and other internal combustible engines.
· Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame is prohibited.
Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun is prohibited except while engaged in a lawful hunt

The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices is allowed, providing such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.

The public is reminded that fireworks and operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working are always prohibited on all national forest lands.

Fire Bans

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:

Gladiator Fire Information: 928-632-4368 or 928-632-4420 (7am to 10pm)

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

Gladiator Fire Incident Burned Area Emergency Response Team: http://inciweb.org/incident/2875/