Gladiator Fire not forcing everyone out of their home


by Andrew Michalscheck

Video report by Crystal Cruz

Posted on May 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Updated Saturday, May 19 at 5:47 PM

Gladiator Fire
Residences Destroyed:
Crown King, Ariz.
An Evacuation Order remains in effect for the community of Crown King. The town of Pine Flats has also been evacuated.
Sunday May 13th, 2012 approx. 11:00 AM
Human caused; originated from a structure fire on private property
Ponderosa pine and chaparral
Property at risk:
Communities of Crown King and Pine Flats as well as the Horsethief Basin. Additional threats are posed to Forest Service campgrounds, lookout towers, communications sites, power lines and historic sites within the Forest.
Steep, rugged, difficult access
8 Type-1 Crews, 8 Type-2 Crews, 18 Engines, 2 Dozers, 4 Type 1 Helicopters, 1 Type 2 Helicopter, 2 Type 3 Helicopters, Air Attack
882 people working
Injuries :
Estimated cost:

CROWN KING, Ariz. -- Not everyone living near the ongoing Gladiator Fire has evacuated their home.

A few residents of the Pine Flats area chose to disregard a mandatory evacuation on Friday night, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

As of Saturday morning, 10 people living in the community of Crown King had also chosen to stay with their homes. Crown King was without power on Saturday morning due to a power line catching fire.

The areas of Turkey Creek and Battle Flat have also been evacuated.

Residents of the areas impacted by the Gladiator Fire will be able to get more information about the blaze on Sunday. A community meeting is set for 3 p.m. at Mayer High School.

The Gladiator Fire began burning last Sunday when a fire broke out at a structure on private property.

The blaze covers 12,898 acres and is 10 percent contained.

A Closure Order remains in effect for all Prescott National Forest land south of County Road 177.

A Yavapai County fire ban also remains in effect.

For more information about roadblocks and evacuations call the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at 928-713-2709.

Officials are reminding everyone that there are numerous rumors about evacuations, but the only evacuation orders that are valid are those issued by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information about the Gladiator Fire visit