Today: Jun 02 , 2020

9459 Acres Burned in Crown King Lane 2 Fire

03 July 2008  
Friday Morning, 7 am Update: No new news - Still 9600 acres, 10% contained


Updated Statistics - Thursday 6:40 pm:

Acres: 9600 acres

Containment: 10 percent

Total personnel: 608

Crews: 16 crews

Equipment: 34 engines, 14 water tenders, 3 dozers
Available air support: 7 helicopters; plus air tankers


Current Statistics

Acres: 9,459 acres

Containment: 10 percent

Total personnel: 646 Crews: 17 crews

Equipment: 38 engines, 14 water tender, 3 dozers Available air support: helicopters and air tankers

Additional Information From Debbie Maneely, Forest Service Public Affairs Specialist

Fire crews worked through the night to prepare the Forest Road 259 north of Crown King for a burnout operation. This burnout will help to meet one of the fire’s suppression objectives of keeping the fire east of Forest Road 259. Additional fire lines were created south of Crown King along Forest Road 192 to Forest Road 711. These roads will be used as control lines to prevent the spread of the fire back into Crown King.

Fire crews face a critical day as fire conditions reach levels creating extreme fire behavior. Humidity recoveries during the evening hours last night will allow humidities to reach levels around 10 percent during the critical fire burning period. Temperatures at the lower elevations of the fire are expected to approach 100 degrees.

Although the fire gained ground yesterday in the Castle Creek Wilderness, lines were holding in the areas around Crown King and the developed areas of Horsethief Basin. Arizona Public Service Company has restored power to Crown King and area communication site. Power will be re-established to Horsethief Basin as soon as fire conditions allow APS to enter the area and replace burned power poles.

Other information

Although the acreage has gone up, that's not ncessarily a reason for dismay, according to the Forest Service. The fire is being guided into the wilderness where there are no structures or people to endanger. At this time, mainly helicopters loaded with fire retardant are being used, planes with slurry are simply not as effective in this type of terrain. 

Shelter Information

According to Tracey Keist, the Red Cross is transitioning their Service Center to a Shelter over the 4th of July. The shelter will have beds, food and water and even games for the kids. The shelter is located at:

Red Cross Shelter
Bradshaw Mountain Middle School
12255 E. Turquiose Circle
Dewey, AZ 86327

Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She will be leaving for new adventures on May 15, 2020.