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Bush Fire

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

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Firefighters alert as critical fire weather enters the fire area

Bush Fire Wildfire
News – 6/27/2020

June 27, 2020 Update

Bush Fire
Acres: 190,269 acres (no change)
Percent Containment: 90% (no change)
Start Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020
Cause: Human-caused
Origin Location: 22 miles NE of Mesa, AZ
Fuels: Tall grass and brush
Resources: approx. 225 personnel including 2 Type 1 Crews; 9 Engines; 1 dozer; 2 water tenders

Firefighters alert as critical fire weather enters the fire area
The Bush Fire remains 90% contained. Critical fire weather is expected in the fire area bringing high gusty winds and dry conditions through the weekend. These conditions have the potential to increase the amount of smoke and fire activity seen from the interior. Firefighters continue to monitor several large pockets of unburned vegetation. Interior burning activity and smoke will be common until the fire area receives widespread moisture from monsoons. Until then resources will continue to monitor and patrol the fire’s perimeter. Resources assigned to the fire continue to support and are available for initial attack on new fires in the area.


Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessments are in progress. For more information, visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6803/


The Tonto National Forest has an area closures surrounding the Bush and Central Fires. Fire restrictions remain in place. Details are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices.

For your safety and ours, please drive with caution. Firefighters continue to work along Highway 87 and 188. Drivers should expect fire personnel and cooperators to be working on highway shoulders and should use extreme caution. Slow down and watch for firefighters working along the highways. Please not stop along the road in the fire area.

Road Status Information: https://az511.com/ or call 511

Evacuation Status: READY – No active evacuations. Learn more about “Ready-Set-Go Arizona” and sign up for emergency notifications for your county: https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go


Smoke Outlook: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/CentralArizona

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(public)
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6773/
Facebook: Fb.com/bushfireinfo
Email: 2020.bush@firenet.gov
Twitter: twitter.com/TontoForest