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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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Firefighters worked through Saturday night

Polles Fire Wildfire
News – 7/12/2020


POLLES FIRE UPDATE - July 12, 2020, 8 am

: 647 acres

Percent Containment
: 80%

Start Date: Friday, July 3, 2020

: Lightning

Origin Location: 11 miles W of Payson, AZ

Pinyon juniper, high desert grass

Resources: approx. 126 personnel assigned: including 1 crew, 2 engines, 3 helicopters with additional resources returning

Firefighters worked through Saturday night on active northwest perimeter  

Payson, Ariz.
– Firefighters worked the northwest boundary of the Polles Fire through the night, using saws to cut a new line around the spot fire that developed yesterday afternoon.  Two thunderstorms yesterday produced gusty, erratic winds that rekindled an isolated heat source well within the perimeter.  The fire grew to the north and west with the first storm.  Then, winds from the second storm pushed flames back to the east.  The entire spot was approximately 75 acres.  Forward progress was halted, and the fire remains on top of the mesa.  
Additional air support and ground crews are reengaging the fire today to continue to check the line and patrol for hotspots.  Pocket of fire within the perimeter may become active Sunday afternoon under the extremely hot and dry conditions. However, little to no growth is expected today. 
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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