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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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Final Sawtooth Fire Update Unless Significant Events Occur

Sawtooth Fire Wildfire
News – 6/8/2020

Sawtooth Fire - June 8, 2020 Morning Update

Acres: 24,729 acres                                                                  Percent Containment: 81%
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 225 personnel

The Sawtooth Fire is 80% contained. Minimal fire activity was observed throughout yesterday and last night. Suppression repair efforts have been completed as firefighters have restored fireline no longer needed to a more natural state. The Type 1 incident management team will be transitioning command of the fire to the Tonto National Forest at 6 am Tuesday, June 9. Forest resources will continue to monitor and patrol the fire.

Firefighters will remain present through the transition period and continue to support any new starts in the area. The Incident Management Team will continue to release more resources today to make them available to respond to other incidents throughout the Southwest.

On Sunday two crews were deployed to the lightning caused Miles Fire, which is located near the Miles Ranch Trailhead on the southeastern side of the Superstition Wilderness area, approximately 11 miles west of Miami, AZ. The crews were able to stop spread of the 20 acre fire perimeter and the fire is at 100% containment.

“For me, this is a special fire,” said Incident Commander Alan Sinclair. “I’m a resident of Apache Junction. It’s unique for me to be local and serving in this capacity. I’ve had a 30-year career in this area and I’ve spent a lot of time in the Superstitions on fires over the years. The work that’s being done out there is extremely difficult. But they’re doing a great job with it. We were asked to keep this fire small and the crews have done that.”

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: twitter.com/SawtoothFire

Information will transition to the Tonto National Forest on June 9, 2020:

  Fire Information: (602) 525-1042
  Website:
www.fs.usda.gov/tonto   
  Facebook: facebook.com/TontoNationalForest/
  Inciweb:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6730/  
  Twitter: twitter.com/TontoForest

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