Today at 4 p.m., the Gila County Sheriff’s Office removed the “GO!” order for residents of Strawberry and Hunt Ranch and they can return home but remain on “Set” status and should be prepared to evacuate if the fire situation changes. Fire crews spent the day working the fire’s edge looking for any remaining hot spots. They are being supported by drones with infrared and aircraft conducted bucket drops as needed. Crews are also working on chipping debris along the corridor of State Routes 260 and 87. On the east side of the fire, crews worked at removing excess water handling equipment around Strawberry and Pine. The fire continues to remain on the east side of the Verde River. Firefighters also began work on suppression repair needs across the fire area.
Public Land Closures:
Because of the extreme fire danger, many of the National Forests in Arizona have been closedto protect public health and safety. Please check the website for your specific National Forest for closure notifications.
State Route 260 is closed between Camp Verde and State Route 87. State Route 87 is closed at mile post 270.5 north of Strawberry to Clint’s Well. Motorists are advised to visit https://www.az511.com for current road closures.
Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) is working closely with the agencies responding to wildfires across the state. While there has been some damage to APS infrastructure due to wildfire activity, at this time there are no customers without power because of the fires 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. Given the unpredictability of fires and weather, APS encourages customers to visit aps.com/outagecenter for tips on how to prepare for an outage, to sign up for outage alerts and to view the APS outage map.
Temperatures tonight will range from 52 to 68 degrees and humidity recovery will be good, ranging from 30 to 60%. Winds will continue to be from the northeast with gusts of 15 to 20 mph possible.
The communities of Hunt Ranch, Strawberry, and Pine are at “Set.” 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/.