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7/1/2012 12:01:00 AM
Wildfire briefly threatens people at church camp
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier
A wildfire on the western edge of Prescott prompted the evacuation of the Emmanuel Pines summer camp and nearby homes along Spence Springs Road.
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier
A wildfire on the western edge of Prescott prompted the evacuation of the Emmanuel Pines summer camp and nearby homes along Spence Springs Road.
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier
A Prescott Fire Department engine and a brush truck race to the Spence Fire on Iron Springs Road Saturday afternoon.
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier
A Prescott Fire Department engine and a brush truck race to the Spence Fire on Iron Springs Road Saturday afternoon.
The Daily Courier


PRESCOTT - A broken power line apparently ignited a wildfire about a quarter-mile from people in a church camp on the west side of Prescott Saturday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of the camp.

Luckily, firefighters from the Prescott National Forest, Prescott and Central Yavapai were able to quickly converge on the fire and keep it from spreading through the tinder-dry pine and chaparral forest. They held the blaze to 2.6 acres on the Prescott National Forest.

"It was touch and go for a little bit," said incident commander Jason Clawson of the Prescott National Forest. "It was displaying aggressive fire behavior and wanted to get into the canopy very fast."

The Spence fire ignited at about 4 p.m. just west of the Emmanuel Pines church camp along Spence Springs Road south of Iron Springs Road. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and Forest Service law officers helped with the evacuation.

Fire spokesmen weren't sure Saturday how many people were evacuated from the camp, and the camp phone line was out of order Saturday because electricity was cut.

Firefighters discussed the possibility of evacuating the Pine Lakes community to the east and the Highland Pines subdivision to the west, but they didn't have to go that far.

Firefighters initially called for air support too, but quickly found out it wouldn't be necessary, Clawson said. They had the fire surrounded in about an hour but probably won't call it completely contained until Sunday.

The summer camp was still without power at press time Saturday night. Arizona Public Service officials told Clawson that the camp might have power by late Saturday night.

A power line insulator might have broken and caused the electricity line to break, Clawson added. An APS spokesman was unavailable by press time.

Clawson and Prescott Wildland Division Chief Darrell Willis credited seamless cooperation between three fire agencies for stopping the fire so quickly.

"This was working proof of the cooperation we have between agencies," Clawson said. "It was a pretty flawless response."

About 50 firefighters arrived quickly, Willis said.

"It was a very good cooperative effort between the two fire departments and the Forest Service," Willis said. "That's what we do, is hit these fires right away."

Neighboring fire agencies also helped back up the agencies in case other calls came in, Willis added.

Temperatures climbed into the low 90s Saturday and winds were gusting at speeds as strong as 25 mph out of the southwest toward Prescott. Luckily the area where the fire ignited was somewhat sheltered from the wind, Clawson said.

Firefighters urged people to be especially cautious during the holiday weekend, as the forecast is calling for the potential for dry lightning as early as Monday.

Fireworks are illegal throughout all of Yavapai County, they noted.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 02, 2012
Article comment by: I second that! .

Well Done said:
"I'm not sure how much luck* was involved here. It sounds more like a combination of highly prepared fire crews, a well executed response, and more than a little skill. Thanks to all who responded so quickly and effectively!"

I second that!

* or 'help from above':
http://dcourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=108280


Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012
Article comment by: Fake Bake

Was raised in that area and my folks still have a house there! How scary to see what they have built over the years go up in flames! Thank you Prescott Fire and Prescott National Forest for getting the fire out fast and safe for all! May god bless you for all that you do!

Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012
Article comment by: Julie in Pine Lakes

As soon as my husband and I smelled smoke, we heard the fire trucks. These guys were on this fire FAST, along with the helicopters. THANK YOU SO MUCH FIRE DEPT FOLKS AND FOREST SERVICE! I love my home here and now it is safe because of you and your fast response.
This also teaches us an important lesson about preparedness. Fire is our likely disaster in Prescott if we have one and we need to be ready and know what to do if it happens.


Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012
Article comment by: Well done

"Luckily, firefighters from the Prescott National Forest, Prescott and Central Yavapai were able to quickly converge on the fire and keep it from spreading through the tinder-dry pine and chaparral forest. "

I'm not sure how much luck was involved here. It sounds more like a combination of highly prepared fire crews, a well executed response, and more than a little skill. Thanks to all who responded so quickly and effectively!


Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012
Article comment by: Burnin Up

That Clawson, what a stud muffin

Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012
Article comment by: Holly Meneou

THANK YOU to all the firefighters and the response team for getting what could have been a life changing disaster under control. We make Highland Pines our home. We sincerely appreciate all your efforts.
Ron & Holly Meneou


Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012
Article comment by: John Schuderer

"Thank you" seems so inadequate to express my appreciation to all that were involved in helping to avert what could have easily become another major wildfire. I live in Kingswood and seeing smoke that close was very unnerving. Visions of the recent disaster in Colorado arose as I envisioned the fire moving west through Emmanuel Pines, Pine Lakes and then into Kingswood. We are very fortunate that the fire did not spread into the tree tops. So, as inadequate as it is... a deep, hearfelt THANK YOU!!! to all the firefighters, law enforcement and others that were involved with the Spence Fire yesterday.

Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012
Article comment by: chicken little

"Never let a crisis go to waste."

You chicken little's with your phoney crises.

Good for the city using common sense and not relenting to the pressure of the never-ending over-inflated "crisis" of the progressive left.

What's the next "crisis?" The wind, the sun, the dirt, fire, . . . .


Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012
Article comment by: Betty DellaCorte

I have lived in Pine Lakes over 7 yrs. and often wondered about how the management would handle a threatening forest fire if it ever happened. I found out quickly, when I saw the Manager Vicky Franklyn, having come from home on her day off, out on the road visibly concerned about the residents, and reassuring them that all was well. Her maintenance staff was also there to unlock the gates to exits that would be evaluable if needed, and to help out if necessary. It was extremely reassuring to me to see their visibility in such a potential problem. Just wish there were a communication system in place to notify residents instantly rather than having to wait for a sheriff to drive through, or listening to someone’s scanner but all they taught us when we moved in worked well, and it was a great test. I hope we don't experience the real thing. but really nice to know that management was visible.

Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012
Article comment by: Sydney Markley

I was sitting on my couch in my Pine Lakes home looking out the window at my beautiful view when I noticed the smoke. I've only been here at Pine Lakes for three weeks and have been delaying putting together my evac kit. Guess what's on the top of my to do list today. You Prescott fireman rock.

Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012
Article comment by: Starla from Pine Lakes

I am in Pine Lakes and we were told to prepare to evacuate and it scared the bejeebies out of me. I was prepared to a degree but the intensity of the smoke the temperature outside and in my home without electricity and the panic around me caused me to get rattled. Neighbors need to make a plan to help one another, a plan to help with family pets which was my biggest concern. Make sure you have enough crates for all of your animals...I did not. Get a bag of clothing ready, water, meds and the rest is just what your going to need and throw it in a bag that you can quickly pick up and beat feet outta there.
As far as fireworks...do any of you know where they are? They are out in Pioneer Park....no trees, just grass...no danger. A HUGE THANKS to the fire responders!!!!! This taught me a huge lesson about preparedness. I am preparing today for any problem. To the regular negative posters, they did everything as right as they could so back off...oh, maybe stay on because while your ragging on this incident, your letting someone/something else rest


Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012
Article comment by: jim myers

Awesome work first responders. You all made a triple play as fire fighters yesterday. Hey why not you are all allstars. Thank you one and all.

Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012
Article comment by: Nathan Ullyot

Thanks to the fire fighters for jumping on this. I grew up on emmanuel pines and got a call from my parents today around 4pm letting me know they were being evacuated, it really hit home almost literally. Thanks to the courier for getting info up quickly so I could follow the situation from Phoenix.

Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012
Article comment by: Suzanne Iron Springs Neighbor

Thank you so very much for a swift response time, all your efforts and all the departments working together so quickly. We all adore you guys & gals for all you do to keep our community safe and for your commitment to our community! So very proud of all your efforts and the kind of individuals you are.

Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Article comment by: Thank You Firefighters!

Just reading the comments at 8:40 PM on Saturday. Nobody has thanked the hard work and dedication to the Firefighters.
Hopefully, I am not the first at time of posting.

To the Men and Women Firefighters who stopped the fire from spreading, "Thank You".

To the Men and Women Firefighters who had to cover the agencies fighting the fire, "Thank You".

To all of you who blame first and thank last ....".


Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Article comment by: Tim Keating

Any current information on the fire

Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Article comment by: Boneheads Extraordinaire

To G cGC: Money takes precedence. Obviously, the city does not care about the safety and welfare of its residents. The fireworks will most likely go on.

Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Article comment by: Trapped in AZ

According to CBS in Phx., they were told the fire was under control as of 5:30 PM.

Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Article comment by: more info

wen there is a fire or something substantial, these articles need to be updated more often. im 2 miles away from this fire and would like to know whats happening with it.

Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Article comment by: Mark Smith

More pictures available at this site


https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.477829418897956.122557.100000127054412&type=3&l=61400cc333

They are current as of 5PM


Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Article comment by: G cGC

This makes me think that the city council should readdress their decision on the fireworks on Wednesday.




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