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Cactus Wildfire

Unit Information

Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006

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The Cactus Fire, which started on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, is 4 miles northeast of Mesa, Arizona. Fire size is now at 818 acres on Tonto National Forest land between the Salt River and the Bush Highway. Firefighters are engaged in mop up activities on the fire edge and patrolling the fire area. The Bush highway has been re-opened, but there is a fire closure order in effect north of the Bush highway between Granite Reef and Phon D Sutton recreation sites. Firefighters have hiked all through the fire area over the last few days, and flown over the fire several times in airplanes and helicopters, and to our knowledge no horses have been killed or injured by the fire.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman Caused Under Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday April 25th, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM
Location4 miles NE of Mesa, AZ
Incident CommanderJohn Hewitt
Coordinates33.524 latitude, -111.666 longitude

Current Situation

Size818 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Riparian river bottom fuel including tamarisk, reeds, mesquite, and grass

Significant Events

On Wednesday, firefighters burned out around the Phon D Sutton Recreation Site in order to protect the recreation facilities there. Also, firefighters burned out the Bush Highway in order to keep the fire north of the highway. As of Friday, these lines are holding.


Planned Actions

Firefighters plan to hold the fire south and east of the Salt River, while protecting an SRP power line that runs through the fire area. The Bush Highway, which was closed for several days, is now fully open.


Granite Reef and Phon D. Sutton Rec. sites have reopened. The closure order for the burned area remains in place.