TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, ARIZONA
SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 @ 1530 HOURS MST
A wildfire ignited just before noon on Friday, June 7th, located approximately eight miles east of the nearest town of Cave Creek, Arizona. It is about eight miles of the Cave Creek Ranger District office and near Horseshoe Dam Road turnoff.
The fire was caused by human intervention from an unknown ignition source. The cause is currently under investigation.
The fire has destroyed 7,225 acres and there is still a 0% containment status.
It is being reported to be burning on the Tonto National Forest and east and northeast towards Bartlett Lake and Horshoe. The nearby Bartlett Dam Road and Cave Road have both been shutdown. This closure is to continue throughout the weekend.
A helicopter is currently dipping out of the Barlett Lake.
There are currently 243 total personnel assigned to this wildfire along with fire assets that include multiple air tankers and a helicopter.
Command was assumed by the Central West Zone Type 3 IMT at 0600 hours this morning.
Additional resources are on order.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was assisting with the mandatory evacuations of those in the Bartlett Lake users and campers who had remained in the area, after voluntary evacuations were issued on Friday, June 7th.
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