July 1, 9:30 PM Update
Incident: Yarnell Hill Fire Wildfire
Fire Information Phone Number: 928-427-3347
Yavapai County Emergency Services: 928-777-7481
Fire Information Center Hours: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
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Fire Start Date: June 28, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: West of State 89 between Yarnell and Peeples Valley
Size: Estimated at 8,400 acres
Percent Contained: 0 percent containment
Injuries to Date: Late yesterday afternoon, after strong winds pushed the fire to their position, a fire crew had to deploy their fire shelters and 19 firefighters died in the line of duty.
Evacuations: At 4:00 p.m. yesterday, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office advised residents in the communities of Peeples Valley and Yarnell to evacuate their homes. Within a few hours after evacuation, strong winds out of the North pushed the fire front into Yarnell and Glen Isla South of Yarnell. An estimated 200 homes and other structures burned in Yarnell and the Yarnell Fire Department and Yavapai County will continue to further assess the community Tuesday. Residents are advised that Red Cross shelters are open at Yavapai Community College in Prescott at 928-717-8210 and at the Wickenburg High School in Wickenburg at 928-446-1766. People and small animals are welcome at both shelters.
Number of Resources: The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team with Clay Templin as Incident Commander, assumed responsibility for the fire at 6:00 p.m. today. There are 18 engines, 18 fire crews, 8 support water tenders, 2 crash/rescue vehicles, 2 structure protection vehicles, and 4 dozers on the fire for a total of about 500 personnel.
Fire Conditions and Weather: Temperatures were in the 90s today, humidity in the teens and the winds out of the Southwest at only 5 miles per hour. There remains a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms and possible rain showers for tomorrow. Fire behavior may become erratic tomorrow because of the thunder storm generated winds, high temperatures and very dry fuels.
Fire Closure Update: State Highway 89 remains closed between Date Creek Road south of Yarnell and at mile marker 283 north of Peeples Valley. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has three different road blocks at the following: the junctions of Highway 89 and Hays Ranch Road, Hays Ranch Road and Sickles Ranch Road and at Buckhorn and Frontier Road.
Today’s Activities: Firefighters worked to secure the Eastern flank of the fire and protect other homes at risk from the evacuated areas. Air tankers dropped fire retardant on the north perimeter of the fire, where the fire remained active, and 5 helicopters assigned to the fire dropped water on hot spots in support of the firefighters.