The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 21

Update 3 | June 21, 2019 | Friday

fire burning over desert vegetation with smoke column

Photo Credit | Tonto NF

Incident Summary  | The Woodbury Fire is burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but is moving out of the area.

Location | About 5 miles northwest of Superior; 8 miles southeast of Roovelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Fire Behavior | Active with uphill runs, running and flanking.

FIRE DANGER | Payson and Pleasant Valley (Very High)

Cause | The fire began on Saturday, June 8th from an unknown ignition that is currently under investigation.  It was determined to be human caused.

Resources | 1,112 personnel. 21 crews, 5 air tankers, 28 engines and 8 helicopters with some men/women from the Flagstaff and Casa Grande areas, plus a SW Type 1 IMT, Team 2. IC:  Rich Nieto.

Incident Cooperators | Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District.

Fire Size, Containment Status | 65,903 acres of tall grass, brush and chaparral destroyed. 42% containment status.  Estimated full containment by July 1, 2019.

FIRE PREPAREDNESS LEVEL | Has been increased to 3, Nationally is 2.

6/21/2019 Day Ops Map | Photo Credit – Tonto NF

Current Status |  The fire has burned 65,903 acres of tall grass, brush and chaparral.  It is currently starting to move out of the Superstition Wilderness and along the corridor of State Highway 188.

Firefighters began firing operations adjacent to the Spring Creek Ranch and additional time will be focused as conditions allow them to do.  This will help create a wider barrier.

5 Air tankers were used on fire operations on Thursday, June 20th.

Tasked with direct and indirect attack operations to stop the threat to assets:  Tonto National Monument, 115kv power lines, 500kv power line serving the Phoenix area, the Pinto Valley and Carlotta mines and their infrastructures, to major infrastructure, transportation corridors, commercial property, private homes, rec areas, riparian waterways, threatened and endangered species (Mexican Spotted Owl) and the Sonoran Desert ecosystem.

FIRE DANGER | Tonto Basin, Globe and Mesa/Cave Creek (Very High)

Fire Status – NE area |   This side burned aggressively within the perimeter causing a lot of smoke, as the fire moved inside its containment lines.  The fire then became wind-driven by winds from the southwest and reportedly reaching top speeds of 25 miles-per-hour!

Fire Status – Eastern side |  It is burning towards the mining operations in the main Pinto creek drainage along Spencer Canyon and West Pinto Creek.

Fire Status – West side | Little fire activity for the last several days was reported.  This area in patrol status.

Fire Status – South side | This is the same information as the West side which is great news for Fire Managers and those whom may live in the area.

Evacuations | Shelter for evacuees is located at the Lee Kornegay Intermediate School. 4735 S Ragus Road, Miami, AZ.

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Photo Credit | Tonto NF

Closures | The Tonto NF has closed the Superstition Wilderness and the adjacent Forest and campgrounds along State Hwy 188, east of the Roosevelt Dam.  More detailed closures, visit —> https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices/?aid=53108&fbclid=IwAR1pQaAicF-A3dGIvN7zhNYW1vcmBFWKUXck9PSnx5-8j4Yk7l1byDFKEQE

Tortilla Flat Campground and Boulder Picnic area/trailhead are closed.

Highway 88 (Portion of).  The USFS is unsure when this portion of the highway will be reopened.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS | Firefighters save a 700-year-old Salado cliff dwelling found at the Tonto National Monument Park.

No photo description available.

General area where fire is burning.

Damage Assessment |  Structure protection group has installed sprinklers, cleared brush and implemented firing operations at the Reevis Mountain School, one portable yurt suffered minor damage. $10.9 Million cost-to-date in fire suppression costs and containment efforts.

The USFS – Tonto NF states that there has been no damage reported in the Tortilla Flat area.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/21/2019 at 2345 hours PDT