Firefighters, including engines and crews continue to patrol for hot spots within the fire’s perimeter. Additional fire personnel are being released to return to their normal duties. Full containment is still expected on Monday, May 1, 2017.
The fire area has many dead trees that have been weakened by fire and are pose a safety concern for firefighters. There is minimal smoke visible in the interior of the fire, however logs lying on the ground may put up small smokes for the next few days. Containment on the Cactus Fire is still expected on Monday, May 1, 2017.
The Bush Highway is open, however, we continue to remind visitors not to stop along the road, or pull off to the shoulder between Power and the Usery Park roads, for the safety of firefighters working in the area. The area north of the Bush Highway along that stretch remains closed to all entry, including Granite Reef and Phon D Sutton Day-use recreation sites, and is being patrolled to assure the public is not in the fire area.
Official incident information including a map is available on the Cactus Fire InciWeb page https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5167/.
Estimated Acres: 818
Start Date: April 25, 2017
Cause: Under investigation
Location: 4 miles NE of Mesa, Arizona
Fuels: Riparian river bottom with mesquite, salt cedar and cactus
Total personnel: 25