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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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Firefighters Continue Suppression Repair Efforts

Sawtooth Fire Wildfire
News – 6/7/2020

Sawtooth Fire - June 7, 2020 Morning Update

Acres: 24,729 acres                         Percent Containment: 64%
Start Date: May 30, 2020               Cause: Lightning

Origin Location: Superstition Wilderness, two miles Northeast of Peralta Trailhead, Tonto National Forest
Jurisdiction: Arizona State Lands, private land, Tonto National Forest, including portions of the Superstition Wilderness
Fuels: Tall grass and heavy brush
Resources: Approximately 308 personnel

Firefighters Continue Suppression Repair Efforts

Suppression repair efforts remain a priority on the Sawtooth Fire as containment has increased. Fire activity has been minimal and there has been no perimeter growth. Firefighters made additional progress towards securing the fire perimeter and increased containment to 64%.

Firefighters will continue to work to increase containment, go direct where safely possible, and mitigate hot spots as needed. Resources assigned to the incident will respond to any new fires in the area and the Incident Management Team will continue releasing resources to make them available to respond to new incidents throughout the Southwest.

Yesterday, air and ground resources from the Sawtooth Fire responded to the lightning caused Miles Fire, which is located near the Miles Trailhead on the southeastern side of the Superstition Wilderness Area, approximately 11 miles west of Miami, AZ. Air resources were able to keep the fire in check while two hotshot crews hiked two miles into the fire. Crews were able to stop the fire’s forward rate of spread at 21 acres. Today firefighters will continue line construction to secure the fire perimeter.

Cooler temperatures are forecast for the fire area with highs in the low 90’s and winds from the southwest at 10-15 miles per hour.

This morning’s video update is available on https://www.facebook.com/SawtoothFireInfo/videos/ No account is required to view. If a pop-up box appears when you first navigate to the link, you can use the scroll bar on the right to scroll down to the view and/or click “not now” to minimize the login pop-up. Then you can click on the video to play it.

There are no evacuations in effect. Ready, Set, Go! is a nationwide program that educates residents about proactive measures to take before an emergency and actions to follow when communities are threatened. Register for emergency alerts at https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go.

A closure order is in place for the Tonto National Forest for the Peralta Trailhead and surrounding area. You can view the entire closures order at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6730/51815/. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in place. Visit https://firerestrictions.us/az/ for more information.

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. More info visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

Fire Information: (928) 351-7596 (6:00 am to 10:00 pm)
Media Line: (928) 351-7618
Email: 2020.sawtooth@firenet.gov 
Facebook: fb.me/SawtoothFireInfo 
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6730/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SawtoothFire

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