Based on recommendations from the Highline Fire Incident Management Team, The Gila County Sheriff’s Office has lifted all evacuation and pre-evacuation orders for residents and local business in the Bonita Creek, La Cienega and Ellison Creek Estates north of the Control Road in the Highline Fire area. The progress made in the last two days in completing two key pieces of line on the eastern and western portions of the fire has given fire managers the confidence to lift evacuations. For more information visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5233/ or call (928) 985-0097 or (928)362-2916 o (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Due to heavy fire apparatus traffic, all road closures remain in effect around the perimeter of the fire. Only residents and local business traffic will be allowed access. Please avoid unnecessary travel in the Control Road and 300 Road so firefighters have access to work safely.
The potential for thunderstorms may materialized this afternoon and will continue through tomorrow. Thunderstorms tomorrow could produce gusty, erratic winds and the potential for locally severe dry lightning in the area.
The National Weather Service Phoenix Forecast Office is the best source of weather information in the area. Their updates are available on the National Weather Service website, http://www.weather.gov/phoenix/, the Twitter account, https://twitter.com/NWSPhoenix, and Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSPhoenix.
One additional community meeting is planned at this time. Tonight’s meeting will be held at the Starlight Pines Community Center in Blue Ridge. Additional meetings will be held on an “as needed” basis. Facebook Live may not be available tonight due to internet connectivity. Recordings of previous meetings can be viewed on the Highline Fire FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/HighlineFireInfo/. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view these meetings.
Area and road closures and fire restrictions remain in effect. The Tonto and Coconino National Forest Highline Fire Closure and Fire Restrictions information are available on the Tonto National Forest webpage, https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto and the Coconino National Forest webpage, https://www.fs.usda.gov/coconino
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted anywhere within the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) area, all aircraft must land until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. Visit the National Interagency Fire Center webpage, https://www.nifc.gov/drones for more information.
Gila County Emergency Operations Center: (928)472-5097 https://www.facebook.com/Gila-County-Sheriffs-Office-641987809193824/
Fire Information: (928) 985-0097 or (928) 362-2916 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5233/ (Air Quality info, County Emergency Alert sign-up link, Firewise tips)