Estimated Acres: 200
Start Date: April 25, 2017
Cause: Under investigation
Location: 4 miles NE of Mesa, Arizona
Containment: 10% Fuels: Riparian river bottom with mesquite, salt cedar and cactus
Total personnel: approximately 100%
The Cactus Fire is burning on the Tonto National Forest; approximately 4 miles northeast of the edge of Mesa. Hotshot crews, multiple engines and a helicopter are currently assigned to the incident with the objective of protecting developed recreation sites, utility infrastructure, cultural resources and to prevent the fire from moving across the Salt River. At this time, the fire is moving away from communities, and fire spread to the south and east toward Mesa is not expected. Firefighters have not seen any Salt River Horses in the immediate vicinity of the fire. The estimated fire size is 200 acres, which is based on a visual estimate and will likely change as a more accurate fire perimeter can be mapped.
The Bush Highway remains closed between Power and Usery Park roads to allow firefighters to work along the highway. Three popular day–use recreation sites are currently closed because of the Cactus Fire: Granite Reef, Coon’s Bluff, and Phon D Sutton.
For more information on the Cactus Fire, please contact the Public Information Officer at
(928) 951-2514. Official incident information including a map is available on the Cactus Fire InciWeb page https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5167/.