(Updated at 12:25 a.m. MDT, May 15, 2012)
At least four large fires are burning in Arizona (see the map above): Gladiator Fire, Sunflower Fire, Bull Flat Fire, and Elwood Fire. From Phoenix, the fires are north, northeast and east of the city. Eight of the eleven large air tankers on federal exclusive use contracts are working the fires, leaving only three for the rest of the United States. Aside from the firefighters currently assigned to the fires, an additional ten 20-person Type 1 hand crews have been ordered through the National Interagency Coordination Center to be prepositioned in various locations in the Southwest Geographical Area, comprised of Arizona and New Mexico.
Monday night the following fires were mapped by N144Z, a U.S. Forest Service infrared imaging aircraft: Sunflower, Gladiator, and Elwood. More accurate acreage calculations should be available on Tuesday.
The map below shows Arizona and the smoke that is being created by the fires.
Below are more details about the fires, supplied by the Arizona Emergency Network and the Southwest Coordination Center.:
- 36 miles north of Phoenix
- 1,300 acres; 0% contained
- Three structures have burned.
- A Type 1 Incident Management Team (Incident Commander, Joe Reinarz) will assume command of the fire Monday afternoon.
- The fire is burning in brush, oak, chaparral, and timber. It began as a structure fire Sunday morning in the Bradshaw Mountains one mile east of Crown King, AZ. The American Red Cross opened a shelter at Mayer High School, 17300 E. Mule Deer Dr., in Mayer. Logistics support of the fire response has transferred to Prescott dispatch.
- On Sunday at 4:45 PM, the Incident Command staff ordered mandatory evacuations from the town of Crown King. The designated evacuation center was Mayor High School – 17300 E Mule Deer Drive, Mayer. American Red Cross personnel will be on hand to assist those arriving from Crown King. American Red Cross evacuation information is 928-237-6751. The American Red Cross CANNOT provide information on the fire status or evacuation order specifics. If someone is trying to locate family or friends from the Crown King area, this IS the number to call.
- On Sunday the fire overran a portion of the Crown King Road making the road inaccessible.
- Fire behavior: active
- Cause: Unknown
- Resources committed on Monday: 3 Type-1 Crews, 4 Type-2 Crews, 11 Engines, 1 Type-1 Helicopter, 1 Type-3 Helicopter, 3 Type-1 Airtankers
- One mile west of Hwy 87 near Sunflower; 34 miles northeast of Phoenix; 19 miles southwest of Payson
- 4,600 acres, 0% containment, 257 personnel, 2 helicopters, 3 air tankers
- The Arizona Central West Zone Type 2 Incident Management Team, Bea Day Incident Commander, assumed command at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. A Type 2 Incident Management Team, Incident Commander Clay Templin, has been ordered.
- Night shift will continue to burn north on FR 201. Day shift will continue to burn and hold along FR 201. Additional protection for Cross F ranch will be provided. APS power lines (345 KV) are threatened from two directions and will require new strategy. Mazatzal Mining District requires indirect tactics.
- 45 miles E/NE of Globe, AZ.
- 1,127 acres
- Information as of 6:00 p.m. MDT, May 13, 2012: moderate fire activity, west flank backing, east flank holding. Type 3 Incident Management Team (Logan, Incident Commander). 108 personnel.
Bull Flat fire
- 20 miles northwest of Cibecue, AZ; South of Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery
- Mapped at 1,329 acres Monday night.
- Location: Fort Apache Indian Reservation and Tonto National Forest
- A Type 2 Incident Management Team (Incident Commander, John Philbin) is on scene and will inbrief at 1 p.m. on Monday. They will assume command of the fire at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.
Update on May 16, 2012 is HERE.