Trails, roads, lands burned in Gladiator Fire closed

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A new emergency fire closure is in effect for all trails, roads and lands in the burned area of the Gladiator Fire, Bradshaw Ranger District officials said.

The human-caused fire that has blackened more than 16,000 acres is 80 percent contained.

Rangers described the closures as affecting all Forest Service land within the Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District. They include the perimeter of the Gladiator Fire and all access points leading to the fire area:

  • Senator Highway (County Road 56): Beginning at the intersection of Senator Highway and Forest Road (FR) 89, legal description of Township 11 North, Range 1 West, Section 4, heading south along Senator Highway to the intersection of Senator Highway and FR 362 (Hooper Saddle).  
  • Gladiator Fire Perimeter: All known access points, roads and trails leading into the affected fire area will be closed. Affects Forest Trails: 131, 202, 215, 216, 225, and 275. Affects Forest Roads: 89, 92, 9240A and 9268M. 

    Some people are exempt from the closure. They include residents or persons with a Forest Service permit; any federal, state or local officer or member of any organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty and persons engaged in a business, trade or occupation in the area who are authorized by the U.S. Forest Service, the State of Arizona, or the County of Yavapai and its employees, agents, contractors and subcontractors.

    So far, the total costs involved in fighting the fire is pegged at $14 million.

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