The communities 76 Ranch, Gisela, Rye, Deer Creek and Bar T Bar Ranch were placed in “Set” status. Jake’s Corner remains in ‘Set’ status on the Ready, Set, Go evacuation model.
Fire activity: No structures have been damaged and no injuries have been reported. The 609 personnel fighting the fire on the ground are receiving support from the air, as multiple airtankers and helicopters dropped fire retardant and water on the eastern side of the fire, which reached Highway 188 Wednesday near the Bermuda Flat recreation site. There was a small spot fire on the north side of Highway 188, which was contained to less than one half acre. Firefighters burned out around Sunflower, and along Highway 87 to protect structures and control the spread on the Northwest portion of the fire. Crews burned out around Tonto Basin overnight and will continue to work protecting Tonto Basin and Punkin Center. Winds are forecasted to decrease today which will help firefighters. High temperatures and low relative humidity’s combined with a steep terrain and a heavy grass crop will continue to challenge firefighting efforts. Unlike other fires, which tend to calm down at night as temperatures drop, this fire remains active overnight.
Evacuations: Overnight the communities Gisela, Rye, Deer Creek and Bar T Bar Ranch were placed in “Set” status. Jake’s Corner remains in ‘Set’ status on the Ready, Set, Go evacuation model. Tonto Basin, Punkin Center, Sunflower, and residents and visitors to Apache Lake remain under evacuation notices. We encourage all residents in the area to be prepared and stay alert to rapidly changing conditions.
Evacuation details and information on how to sign up for emergency alerts can be found at the county websites below.
Maricopa County Evacuation Information: https://ready.maricopa.gov/
Gila County: visit www.readygila.com/
Payson Police Department 303 N. Beeline Hwy, Payson, AZ
Lee Kornegay Intermediate School at 4635 Railroad Ave, Miami, AZ 85539.
Smoke: Winds from the south will allow smoke to push to the north and northeast and be noticeable into the four corners region. Payson and communities to the east along the Mogollon Rim may experience short periods of moderate to heavy smoke by mid-day. As the fire continues to move north and northeast, chances of smoke settling into Fountain Hills and the Scottsdale area overnight will decrease. A full smoke report is available through https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/CentralArizona.
Weather: Hot and dry weather will continue with relative humidity dipping below 10 percent. Winds are expected to decrease be calmer tomorrow blowing at 10-20 miles per hour.
Values: Fire fighter and public safety remain the highest priorities on the Bush Fire. The Bush Fire area includes multiple communities, state highways, communication sites and power lines, which firefighters are working hard to protect.
Road and Area Closures: State Route 87 is closed from Payson (milepost 251) to Bush Highway (milepost 199). State Route 188 is closed between SR 87 (milepost 276) and Roosevelt Lake at milepost 243. In addition, State Route 88 is closed between Apache Lake (milepost 229) to State Route 188 (milepost 242). The long-term SR 88 closure from east of Tortilla Flat to Apache Lake also remains in effect. Please visit https://az511.com/for current information about highway closures.
Closures and Restrictions: The Tonto National Forest has an area closure surround the Bush Fire. Fire restrictions remain in place. Both the fire area closure and Stage II Fire Restrictions information can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been placed around the fire. This includes all drones. Remember If You Fly. We Can’t!
Location: 22 miles NE of Mesa, AZ
Start date: Saturday, June 13, 2020
Size: 114,941 acres
Percent containment: 5%
Vegetation: Tall grass and brush
Fire Resources: 10 Type-1 Crews; 5 Type-2 Crews; 27 Engines; 4 bulldozers; 14 water tenders; 7 helicopters; 4 airtankers, plus additional support personnel.
Bush Fire InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6773/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bushfireinfo #BushFireTontoNF