Fire crews were successful holding the current fire lines through the wind event today. The Cactus Fire is still showing 40% containment. The total outside perimeter of the fire is 818 acres while actual burned area is mapped at 465 acres, emphasizing no new fire growth. The 818 acres represents the fire perimeter within the natural and man-made holding features. The windy conditions have caused ash to blow through the fire area which may look like smoke, however there was no new fire growth today. The fire continues to smolder in logs lying on the ground. Containment on the Cactus Fire is currently expected on Monday, May 1, 2017.
The Bush Highway is open, has reopened to the public, however the temporary closure for the Cactus Fire remains in place. Continue to use caution in the area as firefighters and equipment are still working in the area.
Estimated Acres: 818
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
Official incident information including a map is available on the Cactus Fire InciWeb page https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5167/.