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Central Fire

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Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management - State Office
1110 W. Washington Suite 100 Phoenix Arizona 85007
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Fuel Driven Central Fire Moves Across Mesa

Central Fire Wildfire
News – 6/22/2020

Central Fire - June 22, 2020 Morning Update
Acres: 3,956 acres (based on infrared flight)                    Percent Containment: 0%
Start Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020                                   Cause: Human-caused
Origin Location: East of New River, AZ                              Fuels: Tall grass and brush
Resources: 192 total including 5 Type 1 crews; 2 Type 2 crews; 6 engines, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders

                                                                                                                                  Fuel Driven Central Fire Moves Across Mesa 
Firefighters are working fully suppress the Central Fire as they can do so safely and effectively. Challenges include hot temperatures, a heavy load of grass, extremely dry fuels, and limited access to remote areas. The fire is moving to the north-northeast through grass and shrubs on the New River Mesa, away from structures.
Yesterday, the west perimeter saw an increase in activity. Aerial resources were utilized in the New River Drainage area to drop water and retardant to slow the fire, allowing crews to safely access the area and conduct full suppression tactics.
Firefighters are working to protect structures to the south-southwest. Crews are working to secure line along the west perimeter to prevent further spread. The east side of the fire nears Hells Canyon Tank is the most active. Helitack crews and hotshots are working to access the area in order to complete the work necessary to slow and stop the fire spread.They will be supported by aerial resources as needed.
A recording of last night’s online community meeting tonight on the Bush and Central Fires is available at

Hot, dry weather is expected to continue throughout the area. Expect high temperatures, light winds in the morningand gusts up to 20 mph.
Smoke Outlook:

Visit or call 511 for current road closure information.

The Tonto National Forest has an area closure surrounding the Central Fire. Fire restrictions remain in place. Detailsare available at

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

Fire Information:
928-351-7596 (public) 928-351-7723 (media)

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