The Cactus Fire, reported the afternoon of Tuesday, April 25, 2017, is located about 16 miles northeast of Mesa. This fire is human caused, and is under investigation. The Cactus Fire has burned approximately 25 acres near the Phon D Sutton Day Use Area. The fire is burning along the river bottom in the Tonto National Forest putting up smoke that may be seen in the east valley. Fire crews and engines responded and are working to contain the fire. No infrastructure is threatened at the current time. Gusty afternoon winds challenged firefighter efforts yesterday afternoon. Additional firefighters and fire engines are arriving today to assist in the fire suppression effort.
The Bush Highway, which leads to several popular recreation sites along the Lower Salt River is temporarily closed between Power Road and the four-way stop at Usery Park Road. The public is asked to assist firefighters by staying out of the area.