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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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Triple digit, record-breaking heat and gusty winds result in fire hotspots

Polles Fire Wildfire
News – 7/13/2020

POLLES FIRE UPDATE - July 13, 2020, 8 am

Acres: 624 acres                                                                                                           
Percent Containment: 74%
Start Date: Friday, July 3, 2020
Cause: Lightning
Origin Location: 11 miles W of Payson, AZ
Fuels: Pinyon juniper, high desert grass
Resources: approx. 208 personnel assigned: including 4 hotshot crews, 6 helicopters, 2 engines

Triple digit, record-breaking heat and gusty winds result in fire hotspots

Payson, Ariz. – The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team 2 remained on the Polles Fire after double thunderstorms Saturday caused a rekindling of hot embers and transported fire west of the original footprint on the mesa ridge. Hotshot crews improved fire line Sunday on the northwest edge of the fire. Ground crews were assisted by helicopters dropping water in rugged and remote terrain.  

New infrared flights show the total acres at 624 and have detected hotspots on the northwest perimeter where the team will focus efforts today. Interior hotspots continue to smolder, and small groups of trees are expected to torch with afternoon temperatures.  

Monday’s weather forecast brings more gusty winds, but these should blow from the southwest back into the fire, allowing firefighters to better detect and suppress hotspots.   

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  

he 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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