Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Critical Fire Weather Forecasted for Today
High intensity fire behavior due to critical fire weather will be the primary challenge for fire fighters today. Very active fire behavior was observed through the night last night. Yesterday evening the fire crossed Spencer drainage and ran up the northeastern aspect of the canyon where it met previously applied retardant drops on Sawtooth ridge. Aircraft reinforced that retardant line with additional water. Operations continued through the night to address this night-time fire behavior.
Firefighters are continuing to focus on values at risk which include communities, power transmission lines, rangeland improvements, and the Carlota and Capstone-Pinto Valley mines. Structure protection resources have been working at the Reevis Mountain School clearing vegetation, setting up sprinklers, and clearing space around the facility. Last night about 1 a.m. fire behavior near the school increased, triggering a burnout operation to protect the school. Structure protection is also being put in place at Top of the World and the Roosevelt area.
With the fire’s movement in Campaign Creek, the fire is now approximately 1 mile from the Reevis Mountain School. Weather the next few days will include low humidity, high temperatures, and increased winds from the south/southwest. This, along with topography and the dense vegetation in Campaign Creek and shrubs and grass to the east will provide for fast fire movement to the east and northeast. Fire crews are preparing for burn-out operations, should that be necessary, to protect communities, infrastructure and resources.
The current and predicted critical fire weather and fire behavior 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. The NPS Tonto National Monument is also closed.
The Forest Service Campgrounds at Roosevelt Lake east of Roosevelt Dam will be closed this morning 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.