Kari Greer / US Forest Service

Red Flag warnings are causing the Gladiator Fire to spread quicker than it has in recent days. 

The damage increased over 600 acres since Monday.  It now stands at just over 15,600 acres.

Control numbers continue to rise, with the fire now 26% contained.

Some of the resources used on the fire are being diverted to new wildfires in Arizona.

Gerry Perry with the Gladiator Fire Incident Management Team:

“We did lose four air tankers that left for other fires.”

That leaves the fire crew with two flame-retardant dropping planes.

Kari Greer / US Forest Service

Fire crews continue to fight the Gladiator Fire in Prescott National Forest. 

The fire has now burned more than 15,000 acres.

Fire crews have been working on holding back the southern and eastern fronts of the fire in order to protect the small communities in the area.

Southwesterly winds are now gusting up to 25 miles per hour, testing the lines that crews have built.

Despite the large size of the fire, there has not been much damage to man-made structures in the area. 

The Gladiator Fire continues to grow in Prescott National Forest, but fire crews continue to make progress.  

The fire's damage now stands at nearly 15,000 acres. 

On Monday it grew by less than 5%,  roughly 800 acres.  

It had only grown about 1,200 acres over the weekend.

The low winds have allowed smoke to settle into the towns in the area of the fire.

Yavapai County addressed the air issues, saying that people in the area, particularly those in Mayer and Dewey-Humboldt, should avoid outdoor activities when smoke is noticeable in the area.

The spread of the Gladiator Fire slowed over the weekend, allowing firefighters to make progress in controlling the blaze.  

The Gladiator Fire has now spread to over 14,000 acres, and is 15% contained.

Low winds this weekend means the fire grew by only 1,200 acres between Friday and today.

Gerry Perry is with the Gladiator Fire Incident Management Team:

“When you have high winds in this kind of situation, extreme fire behavior occurs, and it’s extremely dangerous for the fire fighters to get very close to the front lines.”

Zac Ziegler

A weekend of calm winds has helped the fire crews working on the gladiator Fire.  

The Gladiator Fire is just over a week old, and has now burned 14,000 acres of Prescott National Forest.

Significant advancements were made on stopping the fire this weekend. It is now 15% contained.

Gusty winds and low humidity caused a rapid spread of the fire throughout last week.

Gerry Perry with the Gladiator Fire Incident Management Team says in conditions this dry, all it takes is one ember.

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.

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.”

Gladiator Fire Update

May 16, 2012
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. 

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.”

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.