Crown King Gladiator Fire – Day 3 Update 1

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5-15-12 Gladiator Fire Morning Briefing in Crown KingWe have lots of info to share this morning on the Gladiator Fire in Crown King, AZ.  The morning briefing was held in front of the Crown King General Store at 7:00am.  Carol Boles was there taking photos and listening.  The great news is that no more structures have been lost since the two at the start of the fire.

Here are the notes from this mornings briefing:

The big issue today is going to be weather, with what the commanders are calling Critical Fire Weather.  The main issues are low humidity, high temperatures, and high wind. The forecast for the day in Crown King is 90 degrees  with wind gusts 20-25mph  Luckily this is still in the ok to fly zone but is pushing the limits of safety for the air support teams. The firefighters top priority is to protect structures. today that are in the line of the fire.  Crews were told how to stay safe out on the fire lines with an emphasis to stay hydrated in the heat. Yesterday two firefighters were injured, one for dehydration one for injuries.  The crews were told to watch out for mines and power lines and to treat power lines  as if hot at all times.   Air operations commander stated that they have plenty of forces available to use on the Gladiator Fire and protect the town of Crown King. A new communications guide was handed out to firefighters.  A new repeater was installed on the Horsethief Basin Lookout tower to aid in communications and a second repeater will be installed at a location yet to be determined. Emphasis was made for the fire crews to make sure they have communication at all times as the deep canyons have been interfering with radio traffic. Today is a Transition day for the incident team.  They are Establishing an  incident command post (ICP) in Mayer.  This will minimize travel on road main road to Crown King that still has hot spots on both sides of the road. The Gladiator Fire has burned 1203 acres still with zero containment.

The Gladiator Fire was less intense over the evening which is common, the goal is to fight it hard this morning before the heat and winds pick up in the afternoon.  Crews are performing back burns to try and starve the fire of fuel.

More crews arrived in Crown King last night and this morning.  Many crews camped on the mountain last night to limit travel the travel time and allow the crews to hit the fire hard this morning.

Here is the current list of crews fighting the fire: (Italics represent new crews since last update)

5-15-12 Gladiator Fire Objectives List Crown King
Objectives List
  • Globe Fire Department
  • BLM Phoenix Division
  • Sacramento Hot Shots (look for another update coming soon on this crew)
  • Lewis Fire
  • Perryvale (All Girls Crew)
  • Smokey Boar IHC
  • GI/A IHC
  • Sante Fe Hot Shots
  • Chino Valley Fire Crew
  • Peeples Valley Fire Crew
  • Verde Valley Fire Crew
  • Mayer Fire Crew
  • Central Yavapai Fire CrewCrown King Gladiator Fire Morning Briefing
  • Surprise Fire Crew
  • Sun City Fire Crew
  • Groom Creek Fire Crew
  • Glendale Fire Crew
  • Daisy Mountain Fire Crew
  • Wildlands Fire Crew
  • Navajo Hot Shots
  • Crown King Fire Department
  • USFS Crews (numerous)
  • Payson Fire Crew
  • Black Canyon City Fire Crew

 As requested here is a map of the fire area from this morning’s briefing: Click it to view full size)

Map of Crown King Gladiator Fire 5-15-12

Here are some photos taken by Carol Boles in the last 24 hours.  Click the images for full size:

5-15-12 Gladiator Fire View from Senator HWY Crown King
View of fire at 6am from Senator HWY in Crown King

5-15-12 Gladiator Fire Morning Briefing in Crown King

5-15-12 Gladiator Fire Morning Briefing Crown King


5-15-12 Gladiator Fire Morning Briefing Crown King

5-15-12 Gladiator Fire Morning Briefing in Crown King

5-15-12 Gladiator Fire Breakfast Line
The line for breakfast
5-15-12 Gladiator Fire Perryvale Fire in Crown King
All girls crew from Perryvale


Crown King Gladiator Fire Breakfast Line 5-15-12
Lined up waiting for breakfast
Crown King Gladiator Fire
Port-a-potties arrive in town for the crews
Crown King Gladiator Fire Crew Dinners
300 dinners waiting for the crews 5-14-12

7 thoughts on “Crown King Gladiator Fire – Day 3 Update 1”

  1. Please feel free to share the link via facebook by clicking the like button.  And your comments are welcomed!

  2. My Grand Daughter is one of the PerryVille Crew. I am so proud of her and thankful we have those girls who are willing to put their lives on the line for this state.  PERRYVILLE FIRE CREW ROCKS!!!!!

  3. I have a dear friend who is on the all woman Perryville Fire Crew.  I agree – PERRYVILLE FIRE CREW ROCKS!  They work so hard.

  4. I was actually on Peryyville Fire Crew… Seeing these pictures brings back so many memories…. I know they are dead tired…. Being a part of that crew was the best thing I ever did for myself, even with all the blood, sweat and tears involved… That experience changed my life…. I LOVE YOU ALL PERRYVILLE FIRE CREW!  I AM SO PROUD OF YOU LADIES!!!!  

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