Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Woodbury Fire Information
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. AZ Standard Time
Woodbury Fire - Interagency Informational Update
Joint Information Release
(June 13, 2019)—The Type 1 Southwest Area Incident Management Team (Team 2) is working closely with local state, county, and community organizations. Our partners are helping the firefighting operations in the following ways:
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is the chief law enforcement entity throughout unincorporated areas of the county. The Sheriff’s Office also assists in evaluation of potentially dangerous events and will assist in evacuations, if needed. “We are very fortunate that there are no homes or people threatened at this time. We are thankful for the around-the-clock efforts that fire personnel and the Forest Service are making to contain the Woodbury Fire,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb. “My deputies will support them in any way we can. We ask that the public avoid the area to allow fire personnel to do their jobs.”
The Pinal County Office of Emergency Management will be working in concert with the Southwest Area IMT to help deliver information out to the community as well as with County agencies that have messages for the public related to the fire such as air quality or other public health issues. In addition, Emergency Management will be working with the Team and the Sheriff’s Office in the unlikely event of evacuation notifications. “To receive emergency notifications about the Woodbury Fire as well as other notifications in the future, we encourage members of the community to register with the Pinal Emergency Notification System by going to www.pinalcountyaz.gov/EmergencyManagement and sign up today,” said Chuck Kmet, Emergency Manager for Pinal County.
As a nearby city with many services, the City of Apache Junction is poised to play a crucial supportive role in the battle against this fire with resources for visiting firefighters and fire managers. The city has also put in place a network of community leaders to share information on the fire to keep the area up to date on the operation and the fire’s effects on citizens and visitors. Residents are already expressing their gratitude for those fighting this blaze in extremely challenging conditions.
Apache Junction Unified School District serves approximately 3,500 students in grades K-12 in Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and parts of Queen Valley. The District includes Apache Junction High School, Cactus Canyon Junior High, Desert Vista and Four Peaks elementary schools in Apache Junction and Peralta Trail Elementary School (PTES) in Gold Canyon. The District is supporting the crew and staff fighting the Woodbury Fire by allowing them to use PTES as an Incident Commander Center and by sharing their messaging to our parents, students, staff and community.