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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 continue Tuesday securing Polles Fire perimeter

Polles Fire Wildfire
News – 7/14/2020

POLLES FIRE UPDATE - July 14, 2020, 8 am

Acres: 628 acres     
Percent Containment: 77% Start Date: Friday, July 3, 2020      
Cause: Lightning Origin Location: 11 miles W of Payson, AZ     
Fuels: Pinyon juniper, high desert grass
Resources: approx. 212 personnel assigned: including 3 hotshot crews, 6 helicopters, 2 engines

Firefighters continue securing Polles Fire perimeter
Temperatures near 100 under sunny and breezy conditions on the mesa  

Payson, Ariz. –
Hotshot crews improved fire line Monday and cleared fuels on the northwest edge of the Polles Fire. Type 1 and Type 2 helicopters supported ground crews with water drops over fire hotspots, soaking smoldering tree stumps. The objective is to secure the hotspots to reduce embers and keep them from rekindling when afternoon winds blow.  

Crews are working in extreme terrain on the mesa top where today’s temperature will reach near 100 degrees under sunny and dry conditions. Light winds with occasional gusts are predicted for today. No precipitation is in the forecast.  

Today firefighters will continue to hold lines and secure hotspots.  Additional resources are staged in Payson, prepared to assist ground crews with Polles firefighting efforts or for initial attack of any new fire starts in the area.  A road crew will be completing improvements to Twin Buttes Road to ensure quick, safe access to contingency lines should it become necessary.  

There are no 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

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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