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Sedona Fire Destroys Eagle Mountain Ranch Home

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.

Sedona Little Nugget home engulfed in flames

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.

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  1. (The Bertolini home on Blue Horizon, off Andante, in West Sedona was a complete loss and the first Sedona fire referred to in this article)…..per Walker Marchal Facebook comment is the following:

    Fortunately, Jenny was able to get her two dogs and her teenaged son Jesse out of the house at 4 a.m. If she had been sleeping soundly, they most likely would have died in the fire, but fortunately, Jenny couldn’t sleep that night!…

    Visit http://www.SedonaEye.com Calendar of Events listing for June 17 Bertolini fundraiser information.

  2. Liked this story on Facebook.

  3. Dick Heguy says:

    To all firefighters involved: Outstanding job in handling a difficult and dangerous situation. Keep up the good work.

    Dick Heguy

  4. Amber says:

    holy mother that’s a photo …. now i know what that smoke plume was coming back from cottonwood…. being that close to forest land could’ve been a worst disaster like crown king or flagstaff …. good job firefighters …. scorched land doesn’t keep the tourists coming!!!!!

  5. The Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Department helped during the Sedona fire above. The Montezuma Rimrock Fire District provided station coverage during this fire.

    The community is invited to come say goodbye and thanks to retiring Chief Mike Van Dyke.

    The district will host a retirement celebration and open house on Thursday, June 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. at eh district fire station, 3240 E. Beaver Creek road in Rimrock.

    “It will be a chance to talk about old times and wish him well,” says district spokesperson Gwen Baxter.

    For questions please call Karla Dykhuis at (928) 567-7428 or by email at kdykhuis@mrfd-fire.org.

  6. RRN No Match says:

    RRN no match for this/agree with lady amber ur photo righteous!!!!!!/fire jumps off screen!!!!!!!/sorry about family dog.

    hey stopped by voc yesterday after work on way home after seeing ur ad/forgot about it truthfully & glad for reminder/keep up good work.

    how about cv coverage????? ask people to tell u what’s hapenning/lots of people read u at work.

    Gary from Camp Verde

  7. Carolyn says:

    nice coverage

  8. Susan Broude says:

    The firefighters did a terrific job in challenging circumstances. The family dog, COCO, DID escape the fire and is STILL looking to be returned to her loved ones, including a 12 year old currently away at camp. Coco was last seen in the Michael’s Ranch (near Elmersville and Mockingbird) area off the Lower Loop Road on Tues., June19th. Coco is about 12-14 pounds, mostly white with medium brown areas and resembles a Jack Russell Terrier. Any information, please contact Susan 928-204-6400

  9. Dave says:

    Kris Kazian was on the scene and everything went like clockwork. Seems like we’re headed back in the right direction with the fire department after veering off course. Raise the mil rate, it’s time we stopped bellyaching about the cost of a meal in a good restaurant. And believe me Elijah, I’ve seen each one of those recalled board members living well around town.

    I’m willing to pay after seeing the department and the equipment in use. What group of firemen searches for a dog? Atta Boys to all involved.

  10. Shelley says:

    susan/ has Coco been found yet? people in our office want to know. thank you.

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