Today, Backbone Fire crews are adapting to yesterday’s weather and moving resources around with the priority to go direct on the fires edge. The fire’s containment increased to 6 percent. Containment applies to the percent of the overall perimeter that operations feel confident it will not grow beyond. The current containment is from the Child’s Power Plant to the southern tip of the fire.
State Route 260 is closed between Camp Verde and State Route 87. State Route 87 is closed north of Payson to Clints Well. Motorists are advised to visit https://www.az511.com for current road closures before traveling.
Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) is working closely with the agencies responding to wildfires across the state. While there has been some impact to APS infrastructure due to the Backbone Fire, there are no customers without power at this time because of fire activity and disruption in service is not currently anticipated. APS is monitoring fire progress and will coordinate with emergency response agencies in the event there is a need to take power lines out of service to protect firefighters and/or if the fire or smoke impacts electrical infrastructure. APS customers can visit aps.com/outagecenter for information on how to be prepared for an outage and to view the APS outage map.
Although brief heavy rainfall occurred in the Verde Valley yesterday, much of it passed over the fire area, running north along the I-17 corridor. Isolated thunderstorms, with a warming and drying pattern, are expected throughout the weekend. The next few days will see a warming and drying pattern accompanied by isolated thunderstorms. Storms are to move in from the north, with an approximate 20 percent chance to hit the fire area.
Evacuation orders were issued June 18 for the communities of Pine and Strawberry and are anticipated to continue for another week. The communities of Beasley Flats and Verde Lakes are in a Ready status. Residents and visitors should contact their county or visit https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go for information regarding evacuation status.
No Drone Zone:
A temporary flight restriction remains in place over the Backbone Fire.
Fire Danger Remains Extreme:
Please use caution when recreating or working outdoors.
Check for fire restrictions or information on fire activity around Arizona at: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/.
Backbone Fire Information