The sky due west from Arcosanti is filled with ominous smoke from what is called the ‘Gladiator Fire’. The fire started on Sunday, May 13. in Crown King, a small town on top of the Bradshaw Mountains about 30 miles from Arcosanti. It quickly spread and has now burned over 6000 acres.

[photo taken Wednesday afternoon]

 

The local Highschool in SpringValley has been turned into a staging area for the fire crews, Driving by yesterday afternoon, the Highschool grounds are a hive of activity, with trailers and tents on the football and the baseball field.

[photo taken by Charles Wicker Wednesday evening]

High winds are making this a difficult fire to fight. Airtankers and Helicopters are lifting water into the area.  You can read the latest on the A fire ban is in effect for all of Arizona with the following prohibited:
    •    All open fires and campfires.
    •    Other types of outdoor fires that produce open flames such as lamp oil in tiki lamps.
    •    Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays.
    •    Outdoor use of equipment that generates open flames or a spark. This restricts the use of welding equipment and chain saws.

    •    Campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires (wood, charcoal, and coal burning) are prohibited on all Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails; except within developed recreation sites where grills and campfire rings are provided (Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters meeting safety specifications are allowed).
    •    Smoking is prohibited except within enclosed vehicles, buildings, or developed recreation sites where the area is cleared of all flammable material.
    •    Campfires are not allowed at the designated dispersed sites within the Prescott Basin.  Metal posts identify designated dispersed sites with a number.

[photo taken Thursday afternoon]

Expect smoke in the area.  Smoke sensitive individuals in affected areas may need to take action to mitigate the conditions.  Remaining indoors, using air conditioning or temporarily moving to an unaffected area may be necessary. Visibility is an excellent measure of air quality.  If visibility is ten miles or more, the air quality is good.  Visibility of six to nine miles indicates moderate air quality. 

Three to five miles of visibility indicates conditions unhealthy for sensitive groups.  One and a half to two and a half miles, the air quality is unhealthy.  One to one and a quarter miles indicates the air quality is very unhealthy.  If visibility due to smoke is less than a mile, the air quality is hazardous.  For more smoke information and air quality forecasts, visit azfireinfo.

[photo taken Thursday evening]

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