Sedona AZ (June 15, 2012) – In less than a month, a second major Sedona fire destroyed another local home. The Sedona Fire District, Verde Valley Fire and Clarkdale Fire Districts, along with the U.S. Forest Service responded to a late afternoon house fire alarm located near Eagle Mountain Ranch Road in Yavapai County.
Sedona’s Eagle Mountain Ranch Road adjoins Red Rock State Park land.
All available Sedona Fire District pumpers were sent to the scene. There are no fire hydrants near the home.
The following is an official report by Sedona Fire Chief Kris Kazian at the request of the Sedona Eye:
On Friday June 15 at 4:12 pm Sedona Regional Dispatch Center received a call for a report of a possible structure fire at 85 Little Nugget by the resident who was home at the time after they smelled smoke. Initial units were dispatched and responded and while enroute, there were multiple calls confirming there was a working fire.
The responding Battalion Chief upgraded the alarm and activated water tenders to respond since there are no fire hydrants in the area. Initial crews responded to the scene in 11 minutes 14 seconds and found a large residential structure that was fully engulfed in flames.
Due to the advanced fire conditions, defensive fire tactics were deployed and efforts were initiated to make sure that the fire did not spread to the surrounding wildland or any other structures.
Crews navigated tight roadways and driveways to layout 1200 feet of 4″ hose from the fire out to an area where the water tenders would be able to access the temporary water supply SFD crews established.
“Anytime we need to establish a temporary water supply and shuttle over 30,000 gallons of water, the crews and the outcome will be challenge,” said Captain Dave Cochrane who was tasked with establishing the water supply operation.
During firefighting efforts, attack crews found a large propane tank on the side of the house that was a safety concern and required a crew to cool the tank so there was not an explosion of the tank.
The U. S. Forest Service put out multiple small fires that started by flying brands in the immediate area.
The Yavapai County Sheriff Office responded and was prepared to evacuate the neighborhood, but it was determined by the Incident Commander to not be necessary, based on the situation. Crews worked until about 10:00 that evening to fully extinguish the fire and work to try and locate a missing dog.
The house was a total loss and damage amounts and cause are still pending. At this point, there is no sign of the family dog.
“Crews worked very hard with heavy fire conditions and limited water. We never want to see this much destruction to a home but the shear amount of fire on arrival made the ability to overcome and gain control of the structure was just not possible. The propane tank and the flying embers starting spot fires all made the event more difficult, coupled with the limited water, and maintaining this event to not damage any other structures or significant wildland/interface issues are an example of the great efforts of all personnel on the scene Friday afternoon,” said Kris Kazian, Sedona Fire Chief.
The investigation team worked to find a cause but the fire investigation is still in process and no determination has been made at this time.
Sedona Fire District had on scene assistance from the U. S. Forest Service, Cottonwood, Verde Valley Fire and Verde Valley Ambulance Company, and Clarkdale Fire District. Additionally, Verde Valley, Montezuma- Rimrock, and Highland Fire Districts provided station coverage at Stations 1, 3, and 5.
The home at 85 Little Nugget is listed on the Trulia.com website.
The SedonaEye.com story updates were contributed by Abe Koniarsky and Kris Kazian.