KNAU and Arizona News
6:03 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Gladiator Fire Update: May 21, PM

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.”

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:07 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Gladiator Fire Update: May 21, am.

The fire as seen from Sunset Point Rest stop on Interstate 17, Sunday May 20, 2012
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.

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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
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
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
4:33 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Prescott seeks public art policy

Public art is back on the agenda for the Prescott  City Council.

The Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council will report to city leaders on its plan to draft a city public art policy.

The non-profit organization will study how other cities balance competing ideas about public art.

Public art has been a source of controversy over the last two years in Prescott.

Last year a bench with religious symbols was removed from a city park after officials deemed it unsafe.

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