Arizona Wildfires

Jul 1, 2013 12:16 AM by Brian White

Latest on fire that killed 19 in Yarnell, AZ

The towns of Yarnell and Peeples Valley are being evacuated.

A reverse 911 call has been sent and the Sheriff's Office is going door-to-door to alert residents.

The Yarnell Hill fire started on 6/28 and is now 800-1000 acres. Hall's Type 2 team assumed command of the fire at 1000 hrs today. Firefighters are working to secure the eastern flank of the fire and protect any homes at risk from the evacuated areas.

A type 1 incident management team has been ordered.

A reverse 911 call has been sent and the Sheriff's Office is going door-to-door to alert residents. A large animal shelter is being set up at the Hidden Springs Ranch on Hwy 89 SW of Hayes Ranch Road. A people and small animal shelter is being opened at Yavapai College at 1100 E. Sheldon in Prescott.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has established three road block areas: junction of Hwy 89 and Hayes Ranch Road; Hayes Ranch Road and Sickles Ranch Road; and Buckhorn Road and Frontier Road.

Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday June 28th, 2013 approx. 05:36 PM
Location 1.5 miles west of Yarnell, AZ.
Incident Commander Hall
Current Situation
Total Personnel 250
Size 800 acres
Fuels Involved
Chaparral and grass
Fire Behavior
Uphill runs with 15-20 ft flame lengths, extreme fire behavior with wind and slope alignment. Short and mid-range spotting. Movement is north and east at 1/2 mile/hour.
Significant Events
The towns of Yarnell and Peeples Valley are being evacuated at this time.
Outlook
Planned Actions
Establish structure protection in Yarnell area. Continue direct attack along eastern flank of fire.
Growth Potential
High
Terrain Difficulty
null
Remarks
Resources: Type 2 incident management team, 16 engines,
8 support water tenders, 2 crash/rescue vehicles, 2 structure protection vehicles, 1 dozer, 1 hotshot crew (+4 on order), 7 type 2 handcrews, 1 camp crew, 4 type 2IA on order, 1VLAT (+1 on order), 1 air attack
4 SEATs, 6 helicopters, misc. overhead
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 26-41 mph NE
Temperature 95 degrees
Humidity 17%

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