Firefighters continue to patrol, monitor, backhaul supplies and mop up hotspots along the perimeter of the Sears Fire. The fire remains at 14,476 acres and is 60 percent contained.
This afternoon smoke could be seen when an interior island of vegetation burned near Buck Basin. It is possible that residents and visitors to the area may see similar fire activity over the next several days as unburned pockets of fuel are consumed within the fire perimeter.
Firefighters continue to monitor areas around critical infrastructure on Humboldt Lookout and are closely monitoring structures in the Camp Creek recreation residences. Crews began grading operations on Seven Springs Road (NFSR 24) today to repair impacts from firefighting response vehicles and will continue through the weekend. There are approximately 80 personnel assigned to the incident consisting of engines, hand crews, water tenders and helicopters.
The Sears Fire Closure Order has been modified to allow access to Bartlett Dam Road. Bartlett Lake and marina has reopened. Please slow down and watch out for firefighters and equipment that are working in the area. Seven Springs Road (NFSR 24) and Horseshoe Lake Road (NFSR 205) remain closed.
The closure also limits access to Maricopa Trail segments from Spur Cross to Granite Mountain on the Bronco Trail. For more information about Maricopa Trails visit https://bit.ly/34bxqD4. The closure order shall remain in effect until further notice and the signed closure order, closure area map and available photos can be viewed and downloaded at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7218/. Any changes or lifting of the closure order will be posted on Inciweb and to the Tonto National Forest official Facebook page.
Flying a drone near a wildfire is breaking the law and potentially endangers firefighters and interferes with wildland fire aerial suppression operations. Interfering with firefighting operations can result in a significant fine and/or a mandatory court appearance.
Visit the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality website for the wildfire smoke forecast at https://bit.ly/3jhP9z5.
Stage 1 fire restrictions are currently in effect across the Tonto National Forest. Please visit our website for additional information at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices.