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Sawtooth Fire

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

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NOTICE: Precautionary GO status for limited residents in Queen Valley

Sawtooth Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 6/2/2020

Sawtooth Fire Notification
June 2, 2020

Over the next few days, firefighters on the Sawtooth Fire will begin back burning operations as part of structure protection and community safety measures in and around the northeast portion of Queen Valley.  To ensure safety, starting at noon today, residents along Silver King Road and Williams Road in Queen Valley will be placed in precautionary GO status as they are being asked to vacate their homes while these suppression operations take place. At this time, this precautionary GO notification only effects those residents along those two roads. Currently, all other residents in Queen Valley and nearby communities are not impacted by this request and need not vacate their residence in support of these firefighting tactics. Should the situation change, residents will be notified by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. As a reminder, it is always important to be prepared to evacuate at any time, especially for residents living within the wildland urban interface on state and federal lands. Always have a ‘go bag’ ready in the event you are asked to evacuate. Items like cash, prescriptions, pictures, important documents, and identification are important to include. “We appreciate all your understanding and support as our firefighters work to reduce the threat from wildfire to the community,” said Tom Torres, Deputy Forest Supervisor, Tonto National Forest. There is no estimated timeframe as to how long back burning operations will take within the northeast portion of Queen Valley. Residents are asked to be prepared to leave for a minimum of three days. The Sawtooth Fire is currently 18,500 acres with 8% containment. Two hundred firefighters are assigned to the fire. Updates on the Sawtooth Fire are available on Tonto Nation Forest’s Facebook, Twitter, and the fire’s Inciweb page. For more information on the READY, SET, GO evacuation and preparedness program: https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go To get notified about emergency alerts, including evacuation information, contact your local county emergency management office.