Community members speculate that the Gladiator Fire was caused by a house fire that ignited a propane tank.
"When the propane tank went off it just exploded into a tree and the fire then rolled up the hill. It went 500 yards in, it seemed like ten seconds," said Kevin Nell, who lives next to the house.
chumley wrote:And just curiously... Anybody wanna tell me where Geronimo is? Apparently they have a fire department!?
Edit: I think it's whispering pines fd, which is up Houston Mesa toward webber creek, and the bsc camp Geronimo. That makes slightly more sense?
The Geronimo Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC) is hosted by the San Carlos Apache Tribal Natural Resources Program. The San Carlos Apache Reservation is located in Southeastern Arizona.A landmark had to be chosen to represent the hotshot crew name, so a small town located on the east boundary line on highway 70, was named the town of Geronimo
tibber wrote: air looked heavy with smoke especially in the McDowells
Yesterday, Tonto National Forest officials announced a temporary closure due to the Sunflower fire which began on May 12, approximately 21 miles south of Payson, Ariz., west of Hwy. 87.
The closure order is effective beginning 8 am, Tuesday, May 15. The following is a description of the closure area:
The northern boundary of the closure area starts at the intersection of State Route (SR) 87 and Forest Rd. (FR) 419/Barnhardt Rd, continuing southwest along FR 419 to Forest Trail (FT) 43 to FT 23 to FT 89 to FR 479 to the eastern shore of the Verde River. The western boundary follows the eastern shore of the Verde River from its intersection with FR 479 to the south and continues along the eastern shore of Bartlett Lake to its intersection with FR 393 (Powerline Rd.). The southern boundary follows FR 393 to the west to FR 3456 to the Old State Hwy 87 to where it intersects with SR 87. The eastern boundary follows the west side of SR 87 to the north to its intersection with Fr. 419. All forest roads and trails included above are also closed (with the exception of SR 87).
Highway 87 will remain open to through traffic.
The purpose of the closure is to provide for public and firefighter health and safety during the management of the incident.
Tough_Boots wrote:Crap! I pumpkin love this area... I am officially bummed.
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