Gladiator Fire

KNAU and Arizona News
8:55 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Gladiator Fire Update-May18.

Close up of Gladiator Fire in Crown King, AZ
Kristen Allison inciweb

The Gladiator fire, outside of Crown King, AZ, continues to spread at a rapid pace. 

It has now topped 8,000 acres and is still only 5% contained.

High winds have added to dry conditions, allowing the fire to spread at a rapid pace the last few days.

According to the National Weather Service, winds in the area will die down after Friday, staying calm through the weekend.

Current efforts are concentrated on creating fire lines and thinning tree canopies around Tower Mountain and Crown King.

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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
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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