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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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Minimal fire activity on the Polles Fire; Crews continue to patrol

Polles Fire Wildfire
News – 7/15/2020

POLLES FIRE UPDATE - July 15, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

Acres: 628 acres   
Percent Containment: 92% Start Date: Friday, July 3, 2020   
Cause: Lightning Origin Location: 11 miles W of Payson, AZ  
Fuels: Pinyon juniper, high desert grass
Resources: approx. 177 personnel assigned: including 2 hotshot crews, 6 helicopters, 2 engines

Minimal fire activity on the Polles Fire;
Crews continue to patrol

Payson, Ariz. – Unless there is new or significant fire activity, this will be the final update on the Polles Fire.  Hotshot crews worked Tuesday in the rugged and remote terrain to cut additional fireline, track and attack heat sources, and secure the northwest edge of the fire. 

The Polles Fire is now at 92% containment, and Tuesday night’s infrared flight showed minimal heat sources. Crews will remain on scene to patrol and continue securing any hotspots. Weather conditions remain hot and breezy, with a slight chance of precipitation this weekend.

The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team 2 will transfer command of the fire to the Tonto National Forest on Thursday July 16, 2020 and 6:00 p.m. 

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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