The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 27

Update 7 | June 27, 2019 | Thursday

Incident Summary  | The WOODBURY FIRE was actively burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but has since seen minimal activity, which is great news for this wildfire.

This fire has been burning since June 8, 2019.

Near Four Ranch

Near Four Ranch, Arizona | Courtesy: Inciweb

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

Current Status | Officials are still reporting minimal fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. The fire has burned 123,404 acres and has a 68% containment status.

Resources | Fire personnel have dramatically dropped down to 538 from the nearly 900-plus only a few days ago.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Damage Assessments | The total cost of fire suppression efforts and containment expenses, have toppled out at $18.9 Million Dollars.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2005 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 25

Update 6 | June 25, 2019 | Tuesday

Incident Summary  | The WOODBURY FIRE was actively burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but has since seen minimal activity, which is great news for this wildfire.  This fire has been burning since June 8, 2019.

The now 115,750-acre wildfire is listed as the State’s sixth largest fire.  Fire crews have successfully reached a 48% containment status.

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

Fire Behavior | Minimal fire activity allowing Fire Managers, however they expect this incident to be far from over as they are still working on gaining full suppression and it burning for the next few weeks.  Fire Officials are asking the public NOT to report smoke from this fire, as they are monitoring the current fire situation.

Fire Resources | There are still a reported 931 fire personnel, along with 18 crews, 45 engines and  helicopters that are showing still assigned but the IC has started the process of releasing them.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Evacuations | The Gila County Sheriff Office has lifted all evacuation orders and notifications.

Closures | All roadways have been reopened, as well as the highway.  The Tonto National Monument remains CLOSED.

Fire Images | Check out some of these amazing WOODBURY FIRE images posted all over Social Media:

June 25, 2019:

Credit: AZ Fire & Medical

Credit: AZ Fire & Medical

The many grateful firefighters and communities that came together. | Credit: Tonto NF

Damage Assessments | The total cost of fire suppression efforts and containment expenses, have toppled out at $16,000,000.

For a fire this large, we are are happily to report 0 structures destroyed, which say a lot about the men and women behind the scenes, from the skies above, on the fire line and those who support them all.  Thank you!

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/25/2019 @ 2100 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 24

Update 5 | June 24, 2019 | Monday

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 Roosevelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Fire Behavior | Fire behavior consists of being active, uphill runs, flanking and backing.

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

Fire Resources | 931 total personnel.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Fire Size, Containment Status | 112,899 acres. 48% contained.

FIRE FACT | The WOODBURY FIRE is now the 6th largest fire in AZ History.

Expected containment is July 15, 2019 around midnight.

Credit: NWS Phoenix

High Value Assets |  Structure protection has been a high priority task to fire crews, whom have been working non-stop protecting these areas:

  • Tonto National Monument
  • 115kv power lines
  • 500kv power lines – major line
  • Carlotta mines & mine infrastructure
  • Transportation corridors
  • Commercial properties
  • Private homes
  • Rec areas
  • Riparian waterways
  • Endangered species, such as the Mexican Spotted Owl
  • Sonoran Desert ecosystem

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

Evacuee Resources | For evacuations, shelters, livestock and pet shelters, call 928-402-8888.

Closures | Tonto NF closures:  https://bit.ly/31O2Ih4.  AZ DOT closures:  https://az511.gov/

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

Fire in Images | Here are some incredible fire images coming out of this incident from official government agencies and public organizations splashing these photos all over Social Media.

June 24, 2019:

The Incident Management Team is happy to report that no structures have been lost to date from the WOODBURY FIRE.  Efforts to protect values in the Highway 188 corridor in Roosevelt have been successful.  Lakeview Park is one of these values protected – Tonto National Forest.

Credit: Tonto NF

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/24/2019 2215 hours PDT