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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

Firefighters Continue Full Suppression Efforts

Central Fire Wildfire
News – 6/23/2020

Central Fire - June 23, 2020 Morning Update

Acres: 4,499 acres                                                                                            Percent Containment: 23%
Start Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020                                                      Cause: Human-caused
Origin Location: East of New River, AZ                                                  Fuels: Tall grass and brush
Resources: 323 total including 8 Type 1 crews; 5 Type 2 crews; 7 engines, 2 dozers, helicopters

Firefighters Continue Full Suppression Efforts

The Central Fire is 23% contained. Firefighters continue full suppression efforts. Yesterday, crews on the ground and helicopters dropping water will continue to extinguish hotspots in the Robbers Roost Canyon area.

Access to the Central Fire is challenging. Crews are being transported by utility vehicles (UTV) and shuttled via helicopters in order to safely and effectively access the fire for suppression efforts. Aerial resources are assisting with suppression efforts as needed.

Hot, dry weather is expected to continue throughout the area. Southwest winds are expected to pick up in the late afternoon up to 25 mph.  

There will be an online community meeting tonight on the Bush and Central Fires at 6 pm on An American Sign Language interpreter and captioning will be provided. A recording will be posted following the meeting. No account is required to view the video. 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. We will monitor online Facebook questions during the meeting or you can e-mail us your questions at

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. Details  are 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 are grounded 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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