Update on fires in Arizona — May 15, 2012

Gladiator Fire noon 5-15-2012

Gladiator Fire noon May 15, 2012, as seen from Mayer High School. Photo by Michelle Fidler, SWIMT

Here is a brief update, including a map, of the four large fires burning in Arizona.

Arizona fire stats 5-15-2012


Map of fires in Arizona 1400 5-15-2012

Map of fires in Arizona 2:00 p.m. MDT, May 15, 2012

More information about the fires, updated May 16, 2012.

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4 thoughts on “Update on fires in Arizona — May 15, 2012

  1. I live in Mayer. Just need info if the fire is moving in the direction of Mayer. Thank you.


    • At 2 p.m. MDT on May 16, the Gladiator fire was 8 miles southwest of Mayer and it was actively burning on the north side. The spot weather forecast that was issued Tuesday afternoon predicted for Wednesday afternoon: “SOUTHWEST [winds] AROUND 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON”; which should push the fire closer to Mayer. (Most NWS weather forecasts are in all caps… for some stupid reason.)

      AT 2:27 MST today a weather station near the fire recorded winds out of the WSW at 8 mph, with a maximum gust of 24 mph. The RH was 9% and the temp. was 81, weather conditions very conducive to fire spread.

  2. If the fire is 8 miles away, at what point will Mayer may need to evacuate? If at all. Worse case scenario, if we have to, who will notify the towns people? Thank you for you time on this matter. Brenda

    • Generally, the firefighters decide if, when, and what areas to evacuate, and law enforcement officers make the notifications to residents.

      Information about the Gladiator fire will be provided at a community meeting in the gymnasium of Mayer High School today, May 16, 17300 E. Mule Deer Drive, Spring Valley, Arizona, at 6 p.m.

      Information officers are available to provide fire information and media interviews (about the Gladiator fire) at the Mayer High School. They can be reached at (505) 235-4213 from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm.

      Prescott National Forest Fire Information Hotline: 928-777-5799 (recorded message).

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