Zac Ziegler


KNAU and Arizona News
6:17 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Update on the Gladiator Fire--May 17 pm.

Southwest Incident Management Team.

The Gladiator fire continues to grow at a high rate, now standing at over 6,500 acres, and still 5% contained. 

The Gladiator fire has more than tripled since Wednesday morning.

Southerly winds continue to blow the fire north, away from Crown King.

There are more issues than weather though.

Michael King, with the Southwest Type 1 Incident Management Team said, "There’s extreme fire behavior because of the rate of spread, the dryness of the fuels, [and] the rugged, steep canyons.”

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:50 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Gladiator Fire Update

Crown King Fire, Arizona
Zac Ziegler

The Gladiator fire has been ablaze for over three days, and has burned over 2,000 acres. 

The good news is progress is being made.  It is now 5% contained.

Winds continue to blow from the southeast through the Bradshaw Mountains, pushing the fire to the north and northwest. 

This is slowing the spread towards Crown King, but expediting the spread towards the communication towers on Tower Mountain.

The National Weather Service is forecasting winds that will continue to gust over 25 miles per hour until at least Saturday. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:01 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Loss of Students in N. AZ Public Schools May be Slowing

The sound of school buses is familiar during the school year. 

But residents of Chino Valley now hear those sounds only four days a week. 

Jon Scholl, with the Chino Valley Unified School District, says cutting back on bus service saved the district money. 

“We go to school Monday through Thursday," Scholl said. "It did not decrease the minimum number of minutes that we still need.  Whether you’re on a five-day week or a four-day week, it’s the same.  Our students just go to school a little bit longer to make up for that fifth day.”

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:53 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Update on Gladiator Fire

The Gladiator fire near the community of Crown King has more than doubled in size since Monday afternoon.

The fire now stands at more than 1,300 acres and is still at 0% containment.

The fire has more than doubled in size since last report.

This has led to the calling in of a Type I national incident management team.

A Type I team means a group of the most highly trained personnel are now on the scene managing the crisis.

A meeting will be held for all residents at 6 p.m tonight at Mayer High School.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:43 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Details Emerging on Cause of Prescott Fire

The investigators determined the fire started in the back of Larry Hy's BBQ.
Zac Ziegler, KNAU

The details of last night’s fire on Whiskey Row are beginning to materialize.

Prescott Fire’s Jeff Knotek described the situation.

“Even in the few minutes it took the Fire Department units to get here, the fire had spread rapidly," said Knotek. "Fortunately there were no injuries to patrons, bystanders or fire fighters.”

Knotek continued to say that things could have been much worse.  It could have looked like the Great Fire of 1900.

“We could have had a repeat of what happened 100 years ago and been bulldozing the entire block," he said.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:49 am
Wed May 9, 2012

A Fire in Prescott's Historic Whiskey Row

A portion of Prescott’s historic Whiskey Row was damaged in a fire last night.  

 The fire began at about 6:20 Tuesday evening in the Bird Cage Saloon at 148 South Montezuma St. 

A staff member noticed smoke.  And the building was then evacuated and emergency crews were called in.

According to the Prescott Daily Courier, the fire spread into the immediately adjacent businesses, Larry and Hy’s barbeque and the Prescott Food Store.

The blaze was brought under control around 9 p.m. last night.

KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Dewey-Humbolt Residents Worry about What the Old Mine Has Left Behind

The Humboldt Smelter sits just off of Main Street in Dewey-Humboldt. The smelter has been out of use since the 1960s, but toxic metals are still coming from the sites.
Zac Ziegler

The town of Dewey-Humboldt, just east of Prescott owes its existence to mining. 

The mining and smelting operations there produced over one-hundred-million-dollars since the 1870s. 

But the industry that was the town’s lifeblood may now be responsible for making the residents sick. 

Residents of Dewey-Humboldt gathered at the local elementary school last week.

They came to hear the latest on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans for the area. 

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