Today: Jun 02 , 2020

Crown King Residents May Return Home Tonight

05 July 2008   Debbie Maneely, Forest Service PIO
Saturday, 11 am update: Horsethief Basin Remains Evacuated, Crown King Residents can return after 6 pm; Still at 10,100 acres, 50% contained.
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Southeast from Crown King. Photo by C. Davis. Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team.

Current Information

Size: 10,100 acres

Containment: 50 percent

Total personnel: 585

Crews: 16 crews

Equipment: 27 engines, 13 water tender, 3 dozers

Aircraft: 6 helicopters

Cost to Date: $3.9M 

Update: 11 am: Horsethief Basin Summer Homes Remain Evacuated

While residents of Crown King will return to their properties today after 6:00 p.m., the summer homes in Horsethief Basin will remain evacuated. Numerous hazards still exist in the area of Horsethief Basin. The fire line in that vicinity is not fully controlled. Firefighters continue to work on the fire line, patrolling and mopping up hot spots. Numerous dead trees standing precariously near the access route, present a serious hazard. Heavy equipment is working rehabilitating those areas disturbed by the suppression efforts. The properties in Horsethief Basin are not threatened; access to the area is hazardous. With the abatement of the hazards, hopefully within the week, the area will be reopened to the public.

Starting this evening, Crown King residents may return to their properties. For security reasons, no one will be allowed entry into the evacuated area without proof of ownership or residency. Please have appropriate paperwork and identification for this purpose. Only single vehicles will be permitted beyond check points at Cleater and Goodwin. No trailers will be allowed due to safety considerations.

For additional information regarding re-entry into the evacuated area, please contact the telephone numbers above.

EVACUATION LIFTED FOR CROWN KING AREA RESIDENTS ONLY

With the Lane 2 Fire now 50% contained, fire officials feel it is safe to lift the evacuation of the Crown King area only. Residents and property owners of this area will be allowed to return to their homes starting Saturday night, July 5, at 6 p.m. The Horsethief Basin summer homes area continues to be evacuated. Forest officials anticipate lifting the emergency area closure for Horsethief Basin and non residents on Tuesday, July 8.

There will be an informational community meeting on Sunday, July 6, at Mayer Recreation Center beginning at 4 p.m. for all Crown King and Horsethief Basin residents to update them on the current situation of the fire.

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Firefighters have worked diligently to build and secure containment lines around the evacuated area. The fire hose set in and around the subdivisions will remain in place until the fire is fully contained. Firefighters will continue working on the fire to improve and secure the remainder of the fire line.

Residents need to use extreme caution when traveling in the area until the fire is controlled due to heavy fire traffic on the roads. The Crown King Road (County Road 59) may be closed periodically throughout the next several days for fire related activities.

For security reasons, no one will be allowed entry into the evacuated area without proof of ownership or residency. Please have appropriate paperwork and identification for this purpose. Only single vehicles will be permitted beyond check points at Cleater and Goodwin. No trailers will be allowed due to safety considerations.

For additional information regarding re-entry into the evacuated area, please contact these telephone numbers:

(928) 632-9949 or (928) 632-9950
 

Debbie Maneely
Public Affairs Specialist
Prescott National Forest