Firefighters will spend the day reinforcing fire lines and making sure hot spots near the fire line are put out. The Cactus Fire remains at approximately 500 acres and containment has increased to 40%. Firefighters are in place should winds cause hot embers to blow over current containment lines.
The Bush Highway has reopened to the public. Please slow down as you drive on the Bush Highway between Power and Usery Park roads. Firefighters and equipment are still working and driving through the area.
A temporary area closure for the Cactus Fire was put in place on Thursday, April 27, 2017. 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.
The public is asked to be extra careful during these windy conditions. Please make sure your campfire is cold to the touch before leaving it, safety tow chains do not drag on the ground, pull off the road onto the shoulder onto bare soil, where hot engines do not ignite dry grass, and practice safe target shooting. Additional tips and information can be found on the One Less Spark webpage. Help firefighters by preventing Wildfires.
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/.
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: 100