Estimated Acres: 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: approximately 100
Firefighters worked Wednesday night to secure fire lines along the north and east side of the fire. The Cactus Fire has grown to 500 acres and is now 30% contained. The acreage estimate is on a visual estimate and will likely change as a more accurate fire perimeter is mapped. Personnel assigned to the fire, have been able to protect the developed recreation sites, have kept the fire away from utility lines, and have successfully kept the fire south of the Salt River and north of Mesa neighborhoods.
There is areas of unburned fuels in the interior of the fire area, which may continue to put up smoke as they burn. Concerns over the next two days are for the return of windy conditions on Thursday afternoon and Friday. Firefighters are watching for spot fires and reinforcing the fire line.
The Bush Highway remains closed between Power and Usery Pass roads to allow firefighters to work along the highway. Three popular day–use recreation sites are currently closed because of the Cactus Fire: Granite Reef, Coon’s Bluff, and Phon D Sutton. The highway closure is not expected to last through the weekend, however an area closure may be implemented to allow firefighters to continue fire suppression efforts, which includes moving and parking equipment in the developed recreation sites.
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/.