Update 1 | June 18, 2019 | Tuesday
The Woodbury Fire is burning on the Tonto National Forest, approximately five miles northwest of the town of Superior.
The fire ignited by an unknown source on Saturday, June 8, 2019. It is deemed as a human caused incident that is still under investigation.
About 40,557 acres of tall grass, brush and chaparral have been destroyed but there is a 15% containment status. Continued fire conditions include: active fire behavior with uphill runs, running and flanking in the rocky steep and difficult areas to reach.
Fire crews have successfully saved the Reavis Ranch area, the Medusa Mother Tree, a historic homestead foundation, an old orchard and Mexican spotted owl habitat. It is being held in the Superstition Wilderness.
There are approximately 786 personnel along with 18 crews, 34 engines and six helicopters, including the Southwest Area Incident Management Team (a Type 1 IMT, Team 2) or known as the SWIMT Type 1, Team 2. Incident Cooperators include the USFS – Tonto NF, Gila County Sheriff’s Office,
Cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have toppled out at $7.2 Million.
(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2245 hours PDT