Firefighters spent today reinforcing the containment lines and did not experience any spot fires across the fire lines despite windy conditions. The Cactus Fire has grown to approximately 500 acres and is now 30% contained. The area has not yet been mapped, so the acreage remains an estimate and will likely change once the fire perimeter is mapped. Firefighters continue to protect developed recreation sites, kept the fire away from utility lines, and have successfully kept the fire south of the Salt River and preventing the fire from moving south and east toward Mesa neighborhoods.
Areas of unburned fuels in the interior of the fire area may continue to put up smoke as they burn. Forecasted windy conditions for Friday remain a concern.
The Bush Highway remains closed between Power and Usery Pass roads to allow firefighters to work along the highway. Maricopa County Department of Transportation will assess the damage to Bush Highway tomorrow so they can determine when it will be safe to reopen the road.
An area closure for the Cactus Fire was put in place today. It includes the Granite Reef and Phon D. Sutton Recreation sites and the area in between them from the northern edge of Bush Highway to the Salt River. Coon Bluff will not reopen until Bush Highway reopens.
Estimated Acres: Approximately 500
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: 90
For more information on the Cactus Fire, please contact the Public Information Officer at
(928) 951-2514. Official incident information including a map is available on the Cactus Fire InciWeb page https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5167/.