AZ’s #Cactus Wildfire Burns | 2


Incident Summary | A new wildfire named #Cactus has ignited in the Tonto National Forest, about 4 miles NE of Mesa, Arizona.  It started on Tuesday, April 25th.

Cause | Unknown.

Fire Fuels | Chaparral and short grass.

Incident Cooperators | USFS, Maricopa County Sheriff Office and the Salt River Project.

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UPDATE 2 – April 28, 2017 – 1740 Hours PDT

Fire Status | 818 acres scorched and reached a 40% containment status.

View of the Cactus Fire from the air

Firefighters are engaged in mop up activities on the fire edge and patrolling the fire area.  They are making some great progress.

Photo Courtesy:  Inciweb

UPDATE 1 – April 28, 2017 – 1430 Hours PDT


Fire Behavior | Moderate fire behavior with creeping.

Personnel | 80 personnel are still assigned to this fire incident.

Burnout along Phon D Sutton Road

Photo Courtesy:  Inciweb

Fire Status | 500 acres burned with a 30% containment status.

Firefighters plan to hold the fire south and east of the Salt River, while protecting an SRP power line that runs through the fire area. The Bush Highway, which was closed for several days, is now fully open.

Resources |  2 crews. 6 engines. 1 helicopter.  IC is Nick Castro ICT3 trainee managing 80 personnel.

Threats | Numerous structures threatened.   Firefighters are suppressing the fire and protecting power lines, recreation sites, highway guard rail and other values at risk.  Additionally, wild horses that roam free on USFS lands.  They have so far kept away from this wildfire.

Cost-To-Date | $85,000.

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