The Bush Fire is currently 86% contained. Yesterday the fire was active in the interior unburned area along the east side of the fire near Highway 188. That area will continue to burn and create visible of smoke today. Crews continue to secure, patrol, and monitor the fire’s edge.
The Type 1 Incident Management team will be transitioning command of the Bush Fire to the Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Team tomorrow at 6 a.m., as the fire complexity continues to decrease. Resources assigned to the fire continue to support and be available for initial attack efforts in the area.
Hot, dry weather, similar to yesterday is expected again today. Southwest winds are expected to pick up in the late afternoon, up to 25 mph.
Evacuation info: Visit Maricopa County https://ready.maricopa.gov/ and Gila County: https://ready.maricopa.gov/.
Smoke Outlook: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/CentralArizona.
Visit https://az511.com/ or call 511 for current road closure information.
For your safety and ours, please drive with caution. Firefighters continue to work along Highway 87 and 188. Drivers should expect fire personnel and cooperators to be working on highway shoulders and should use extreme caution. Slow down and watch for firefighters working along the highways. Please not stop along the road in the fire area.
The Tonto National Forest has an area closure surrounding the Bush Fire. Fire restrictions remain in place. Details are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices.
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. More info visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Acres: 186,967 acres
Percent Containment: 86%
Start Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020
Origin Location: 22 miles NE of Mesa, AZ
Fuels: Tall grass and brush
Resources: 417 total including 1 Type 1 Crew, 2 Type 2 Crews; 18 Engines; 2 bulldozers; 11 water tenders; 8 helicopters
Fire Information: 928-351-7596 (public)
Phone: 928-351-7723 (media)
Email: [email protected]