Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Fire managers implement firing operations adjacent to Spring Creek Ranch
The fire has begun moving out of the Superstition Wilderness and into the corridor along State Highway 188.
Early this morning, fire managers implemented firing operations adjacent to the Spring Creek Ranch. Additional firing operations are planned as conditions allow. These actions will create a wider barrier to the fire’s movement with burned vegetation. A column of smoke was visible this morning from those operations around Spring Creek.
The fire’s northeastern side burned intensely within its perimeter generating a great deal of smoke today as it consumed internal pockets of fuel. It continued to be pushed by the southwest winds which reached speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. It also continued to burn eastward towards the mining operations in the main Pinto Creek drainage along Spencer Canyon and West Pinto Creek.
The Reevis Mountain School suffered minor damage to one portable yurt. Structural protection crews installed sprinklers, cleared brush, and initiated firing operations which were effective in keeping the facility intact.
On the west and south side of the fire, little activity was observed. Fire resources patrolled and monitored the area. These portions of the fire have had no fire activity for several days.
For information about evacuations, shelters, livestock and pet shelters call: 928-402-8888
Current closures: The Tonto National Forest closed the Superstition Wilderness and adjacent Forest and campgrounds along State Highway 188 east of Roosevelt dam. For more detailed information go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices/?aid=53108
State Highway 88 is closed from mile post 213 at Tortilla Flat to State highway 188 at Theodore Roosevelt Dam. Also, State Highway 188 is closed from its junction with State Highway 88, east to the junction of State Highway 288 (The Young Road). For current Arizona Department of Transportation information visit: https://az511.gov/
The National Park Service Tonto National Monument is also closed.
Due to the extreme fire danger, the Superstition Fire and Medical District is restricting the sale and use of fireworks within its boundaries. For additional information visit: www.sfmd.gov
The following areas remain open to the public: Lower Salt River, Saguaro, Canyon, Roosevelt, and Bartlett lakes, Lost Dutchman State Park and Oak Flat Campground. Tonto National Forest Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place.
The following areas remain open to the public: Lower Salt River, Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, Tortilla Flat, some areas of Roosevelt Lake, Bartlett Lake, Lost Dutchman State Park and Oak Flat Campground.