Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Hidden Fire – September 3, 2020 Morning Update
Percent Containment: 29%
Start Date: August 25, 2020
Origin Location: Sierra Ancha Mountains, Tonto NF
Successful Firefighting Operations Continue on the Hidden Fire
YESTERDAY: There was no growth on the fire yesterday. Helicopter bucket drops kept areas of heat in check. Crews continued to work on securing, patrolling and mopping up containment lines. Warmer weather and lower humidity caused increased fire activity within the perimeter as expected. The increase in heat ignited unburned interior pockets of fuel in burnout areas, helping to secure containment within the existing footprint.
TODAY’S ACTIVITY: Warmer weather today will continue to support burning operations, as interior pockets of brushy fuel ignite and burn out, lessening the potential for fire growth beyond containment lines. Firefighters will continue their focus on securing and mopping up fire lines. Masticators will be used for suppression repair work in areas where contingency and protection work was completed.
AIR SUPPORT: Due to the increased fire activity throughout the Southwest and California air support is limited. We are utilizing shared resources of air tankers and helicopters with our neighboring Type 1 Incident Management Team.
HIDDEN FIRE CLOSURE ORDERS:
• Please visit Tonto NF website for closure information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/home/?cid=FSEPRD759501
• Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Hidden-Fire-Info-108681537629349
• View the closure order and map here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7094/54530/
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. The temporary flight restriction in place over the fire area please visit: https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_0_8593.html for additional information. As a reminder, every time a drone is seen near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Fire Information Public Phone Line: 520-261-5021
Fire Information Media Phone Line: 520-369-3757
Smoke Outlook: wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/EasternArizona
Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/smoke-faq