News Update!!: Yarnell, AZ: Latest information regarding Yarnell Hill Fire.
Here is the latest information regarding the Yarnell Hill Fire near Yarnell, Arizona.
The wildfire was burning 30 miles southwest of Prescott, Arizona near of Highway 89.
The wildfire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters has burned at least 8,400 acres according to Southwest Incident Command Teamt Spokesman Jim Whittington
The wildfire was at 45 percent contained as of 6:00pm MST Wednesday.
According to Incident Command, fire department crews expect to have the wildfire fully contained by 12:00am MST on Friday, July 12th, 2013.
The wildfire was started by lightning on Friday, June 28th, 2013.
Nearly 675 fire personnel are fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire near Prescott, Arizona.
Many fire department engines, air tankers, and at least 9 water dropping helicopters are assigned to the wildfire.
Wednesday night, fire department crews will be patrolling in the devel on flareups and visible heat.
According to a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn, 129 homes and other structures have been lost as of Wednesday.
Out of the 129 buildings, 2 are in Peeples Valley, Arizona and the rest are in Yarnell, Arizona.
The American Red Cross shelters are open at the Yavapai Community College located at 1100 East Sheldon Street in Prescott, Arizona at: 1 (928) 717-8210 and at the Wickenburg High School located at 1090 South Vulture Mine Road in Wickenburg, Arizona at: 1 (480) 213-0706.
People with small animals are welcome at both shelters while large livestock can be taken to Hidden Springs Ranch on Highway 89.
Evacuated residents are being advised to call: 1 (928) 777-7481 to find out if their home is one of those destroyed in the fire.
Residents evacuated last Sunday by the Yavapai County Sheriffs Office from the Arizona communities of Peeples Valley and Yarnell remain out of their homes.
Fire departnent officials are saying that they are concerned there may be residents in Yarnell, Arizona who did not heed the evacuation warnings and may have perished in their homes, however no missing person reports have been filed as of Wednesday.
The Yarnell Fire Department and Yavapai County Officials are assessing homes and structures around the Arizona communities of Glen Ilah and Yarnell, and are working hard to have the evacuees return to their homes.
On Wednesday, fire departnent officials are saying their goal is to begin letting residents back into their neighborhoods starting Saturday.
**** Traffic Alert!!: The following roads are closed due to the wildfire: ****
State Highway 89 remains closed between Date Creek Road south marker 283 north of Peeples Valley.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department has thr the junctions of Highway 89 and Hays Ranch Road; Hays Ranch Road and Sickle Buckhorn and Frontier Road.