Photos: Gladiator Fire claims house Wednesday in Crown King


by Andrew Michalscheck

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 16 at 9:39 PM

Gladiator Fire
2,000 acres
Human caused; began as a structure fire on private property
Time/Date Started:
Sunday, May 13 at 11:00 am
Values at Risk:
The community of Crown King and 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
3 Type-1 Crews, 4 Type-2 Crews, 11 Engines, 3 Type-1 Helicopters, 1 Type-3 Helicopter, 6 Type-1 Airtankers, Air Attack

CROWN KING, Ariz. -- The Gladiator Fire burning near Crown King continues to threaten local property.

Fire officials announced that a home was lost on Wednesday morning after flames moved into the area on Tuesday night.

The Gladiator Fire, which has been burning since last Sunday, began as a structure fire on private property.

It now covers approximately 2,000 acres and is just 5 percent contained.

On Wednesday evening, residents who had been forced to evacuate from Crown King met with fire officials for an update on the blaze.

Along with revealing that a home had been lost, Incident Commander Joe Reinhardt told residents that the fire had not gotten into a draw behind Crown King and did not make its way towards the town.

The more than 250 firefighters in the area will continue to battle the Gladiator Fire on Thursday.

They plan to drop six loads of fire retardant to try to keep the fire from making its way into Crown King.

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