Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Woodbury Fire Update - June 19, 2019, 9 p.m.
Location of Origin: 5 miles NW of Superior, AZ Jurisdiction: Tonto National Forest, AZ State Land
Size: 44,451 acres Percent Contained: 41%
Cause: Human-Caused, Under Investigation
Fire Information Line: 505-399-2439, 7am – 9pm
Woodbury Firefighters Adapting to Changing Fire Weather Conditions
The Woodbury Fire was active again today primarily in the higher terrain occupied by shrubs, pinyon and juniper. Triple digit heat, combined low humidity, and steep terrain fueled the fire behavior to the east and northeast. The fire crossed Spencer drainage, ran up the other side and stopped where we had previously made retardant drops on Sawtooth ridge.
Firefighter efforts were focused on diverting the direction of fire movement away from values at risk which include power transmission lines, structures, rangeland improvements, and the Pinto Creek mine.
The fire is well established in Campaign Creek now. Anticipated weather over the next few days, including low humidity, high temperatures, and increased winds, will likely increase fire behavior moving the fire further northeast into areas of grass/shrub vegetation. This, along with topography and winds out of the south/southwest and Campaign Creek’s alignment to the northeast, will provide for fast fire movement to the northeast especially on steeper slopes.
The current and predicted critical fire weather combined with the vegetation and topography prompted the Gila County Office of Emergency Management to announce a “Set” notification for Roosevelt and Roosevelt Lake area residents. This is the middle step in the “Ready, Set, Go” wildland fire action plan procedures.
Being prepared by adhering to the “Set” guidelines will allow for a safer and orderly “Go” should that be required.
Please be alert to all notifications from Southwest Incident Management Team Fire Information and Gila County Office of Emergency Management.
Fire Information Line: 505-399-2439, 7:00am – 9:00pm
Gila County Public Information Line: 928-402-8888
Current closures: The Tonto National Forest has closed the Superstition Wilderness and adjacent Forest. For more detailed information go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices/?aid=52969
State Highway 88 is closed from south of Needle Vista east to the junction of State Highway 88 and State Highway 188. This includes Tortilla Flat, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, and campsites along State Highway 88.
The Forest Service Campgrounds at Roosevelt Lake east of Roosevelt Dam will be closed effective 6:00 am June 20th.
The following areas remain open to the public: Lower Salt River, Saguaro Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Bartlett Lake, Lost Dutchman State Park and Oak Flat Campground. Tonto National Forest Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place.