Efforts Remain Focused on Keeping Woodbury Fire Away from Values at Risk

June 15, 2019 - 9:44 am

Notice: The Incident Management Team will have a Community Meeting on Sunday, June 16 at 2:00 pm at the Roosevelt Baptist Church, located on State Highway 188, Roosevelt, AZ 85545.

Yesterday: Acreage increased on the Woodbury Fire due to an unpredicted morning weather event know as a “dryline”. This occurs when two different air masses (one hot, one cold) come together to create unstable weather resulting in high winds. The fire grew significantly as a result of these winds pushing the fire to the northwest. To slow the spread of the fire to the southwest and northwest, five air tankers and five helicopters made repeated water and retardant drops. Crews successfully conducted burnout operations south of Tortilla Flat trailhead keeping the fire south of State Highway 88.
 
Today: Firefighters will continue to patrol the south end of the fire to ensure the fire remains primarily within the wilderness boundary and minimize impact to the Sonoran Desert. Crews working on the western side of the fire will be focused on structure protection. There are currently no threats to the communities of Queen Valley Estates, Gold Canyon, Kings Ranch, Superior, and Apache Junction. Firefighting efforts on the north end of the fire will concentrate on protecting campgrounds, infrastructure, powerlines, and businesses along State Highway 88.
 
The Tonto National Forest has implemented fire restrictions. Please visit: https://firerestrictions.us/az/ for additional information.
 
Closures: State Highway 88 from Needle Vista east to the junction of State Highway 88 and State Highway 188. The closure includes: Tortilla Flat, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, and campsites along State Highway 88 within the road closure area. The following areas remain open and accessible to the public: Lower Salt River, Saguaro Lake, Roosevelt Lake, and Bartlett Lake.
 
Containment: Despite continued work by firefighters, aircraft, and heavy equipment, due to rugged terrain and fire behavior, containment remains at zero percent. Containment is defined as: the status of a wildfire suppression action signifying that a control line has been completed around the fire, and any associated spot fires, which can reasonably be expected to stop the fire's spread.
 
Donations: Any groups wishing to make donations are encouraged to contact your local fire departments or charities.
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