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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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Red Flag conditions including high winds expected in the fire area

Bush Fire Wildfire
News – 6/28/2020

Bush Fire June 28, 2020 Update

Acres: 193,455 acres 
Percent Containment: 98%
Start Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020 
Cause: Human-caused
Origin Location: 22 miles NE of Mesa, AZ 
Fuels: Tall grass and brush
Resources: 166 personnel including 2 Type 1 Crews; 9 Engines; 1 dozer; 2 water tenders

Red Flag conditions including high winds expected in the fire area
The Bush Fire remains 98% contained and acreage is 193,455. [The change in acreage is due to a mapping adjustment to the fire perimeter made during the evaluation of containment.] A Red Flag Warning is in effect over the fire area today and tomorrow bringing high and gusty winds with low relative humidity. These conditions have the potential to increase the amount of smoke and fire activity seen on the interior of the fire within unburned pockets of vegetation that firefighters continue to monitor. 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 supported at least 4 new fires in central Arizona yesterday and will continue to support be 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:

The Tonto National Forest has an area closures surrounding the Bush and Central Fires. Fire restrictions remain in place. Details are available at

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: 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:

Smoke Outlook:

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

Fire Information: 928-351-7596 (public) 
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