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Polles Fire

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

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Fire Activity Increases

Polles Fire Wildfire
News – 7/11/2020

POLLES FIRE UPDATE - July 11, 2020, 8pm

Acres: 647 acres                                                                                                           

Start Date: Friday, July 3, 2020                                                                                       

Cause: Lightning

Origin Location:
11 miles W of Payson, AZ     
Fuels: Pinyon juniper, high desert grass

Resources: approx. 128 personnel assigned: including 1 crew, 2 engines, 3 helicopters with additional resources returning

Fire Activity Increases in the Northwest Corner of the Polles Fire

Payson, Ariz. –  The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team 2 will remain on the Polles Fire Saturday night after air patrols monitored new fire activity.   Due to the gusty winds produced from thunderstorms near the fire area, the fire rekindled and produced a spot fire outside of the existing fire perimeter.

Firefighting efforts from both air tankers and helicopters were used to conduct water and retardant drops. Forward progress has been stopped. Hotshots were flown in this evening to reengage the fire and reinforce lines overnight.  

Fire activity is expected to decrease overnight, but weather forecast predicts hot dry conditions as well as gusty winds from thunderstorms tomorrow, which could lead to increased fire activity.  

There are no current threats from the Polles Fire to the communities of Pine-Strawberry or Payson. We do encourage that residents become familiar with Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go program and sign up for their county emergency notification systems and remain alert, ready and make essential preparations. Visit for more information.  

The Tonto National Forest has a Closure in effect across the forest to prevent new human caused fires.  Details are available at

The Tonto Natural Bridge State Park has closed due to the Polles Fire. For more information visit:  

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. Drove incursions during a wildfire can result in significant fines and jail time. For more info, visit:
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