AZ WILDFIRE | BUSH FIRE | UPDATE 2

UPDATE 2 | JUNE 23, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  The BUSH FIRE  is located in the Tonto National Forest and is currently burning 38 miles northeast of Mesa and east  of Phoenix, Arizona.  Point-of-Origin was determined to be 22 miles northeast of Mesa. The fire started on Saturday, June 13, 2020.

CAUSE.  Human. Under investigation by fire and law enforcement agencies.

FIRE FACT.  There were (6) new wildfires that were sparked in the last 24 hours.  (9) of them are considered uncontained fires. – NIFC

CURRENT STATUS.  Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, backing and creeping.
Structures threatened.  Evacuations and trail closures are in effect.  186,967 acres burned. 73% contained.

RESOURCES. 587 personnel assigned along with (3) Type-1 crews, (6) Type 2 crews, (30) engines, (3) dozers, (4) water tenders and (8) helicopters.

FIRE FACT.   Nearly 500 square miles of land has burned in Arizona between the #BushFire, #MangumFire and #BighornFire, the 3 largest fires in the state. – Accuweather

Photo Credit | Accuweather

INCIDENT COOPERATORS. USFS (Lead Agency) with Tonto National Forest, SW Area IMT Team 1, AZ State Forestry, CEDR Digital Corps,  AZ DOT,  Sedona Fire District,  AZ DOT,  Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical, Accuweather, Red Cross, Smith River IHC and the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office.

EVACUATION SHELTER.   Lee Kornegay Intermediate School at 4635 Railroad Ave, Miami, AZ 85539, or call 1800-842-7349. (Red Cross Shelter)

DAMAGES. $7.4 Million Dollars in cost-to-date fire suppression and containment expenses.

FIRE IMAGES.  Photos Courtesy| Inciweb

Super Scooper.

A plane known as a super scooper is assigned to fight the Bush Fire.

Flying over the fire line.

A view of the Bush Fire from the air. The fire is on the left side of the photo. Dirt mountain roads are on the right.

Shoulder fire.

Fire crews working along Highway 87 as they fight the Bush Fire.

Fire on June 21, 2020.

The Bush Fire as seen looking east from Highway 87.

Fire on June 20, 2020.

Firefighters work to contain the Bush Fire along the highway on the Tonto National Forest.

Fire on June 18, 2020.

Smoke from the Bush Fire drifting to the Northeast.

Putting some wet stuff on the red stuff.

A helicopter drops water on the Bush Fire on June 18, 2020

Helicopter dropping water along a burning ridgeline.

HASHTAGS.  #BushFire #AZwildfires #FireSeason2020

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