Gladiator Fire not forcing everyone out of their home

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

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 www.inciweb.org.