The northwest portion of the Bush Fire remains the most active. Firefighters are continuing to work along the SR87, strengthening fireline to secure the area. They are also continuing efforts to help protect the Sunflower area.
Expect to continue to see smoke in the large pocket of unburned fuel within the fire’s perimeter on the east side of the fire near Highway 188. The south end of the fire remains in monitor status. Smoldering along the lake will continue as isolated pockets of previously unburned vegetation.
A recording of last night’s online community meeting tonight on the Bush and Central Fires is available at https://tinyurl.com/June21video. Additional video updates are available at https://tinyurl.com/BushFireVideoUpdates.
Hot, dry weather, similar to yesterday is expected again today. Firefighters continue to use sing a range of tactics to fully suppress the fire. They are working to protect values at risk including nearby communities, state highways, communication sites and power lines.
Sunflower and residents and visitors to Apache Lake remain under "Go" evacuation notice. The communities of Tonto Basin, Punkin Center, Pioneer Pass, Brownsville, Slate Creek, and Jake’s Creek have returned to "Set" mode. Gisela, Rye, Deer Creek, 76 Ranch and Bar T Bar Ranch (BT Ranch) remain in "Set" status. Evacuation and shelter info map: https://tinyurl.com/bushfirepublicinfo. Visit Maricopa County https://ready.maricopa.gov/ and Gila County: www.readygila.com/ for more information.
Visit https://az511.com/ or call 511 for current road closure information. State Route 87 is closed from Payson (milepost 251) to Bush Highway (milepost 199). State Route 188 is closed between SR 87 (milepost 276) and Roosevelt Lake at milepost 243. In addition, State Route 88 is closed between Apache Lake (milepost 229) to State Route 188 (milepost 242). The long-term SR 88 closure from east of Tortilla Flat to Apache Lake also remains in effect.
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: 186,086 acres (based on infrared flight)
Percent Containment: 42%
Start Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020
Origin Location: 22 miles NE of Mesa, AZ
Fuels: Tall grass and brush
Resources: 704 total including 9 Type 1 Crews; 6 Type 2 Crews; 38 Engines; 3 bulldozers; 18 water tenders; 8 helicopters
Email: [email protected]
Public Phone: (928) 351-7723
Media Phone: (928) 351- 7596
Smoke Outlook: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/CentralArizona