Firefighters are working fully suppress the Central Fire as they can do so safely and effectively.
Challenges include hot temperatures, a heavy load of grass, extremely dry fuels, and limited access
to remote areas. The fire is moving to the north-northeast through grass and shrubs on the New
River Mesa, away from structures.
Yesterday, the west perimeter saw an increase in activity. Aerial resources were utilized in the
New River Drainage area to drop water and retardant to slow the fire, allowing crews to safely
access the area and conduct full suppression tactics.
Firefighters are working to protect structures to the south-southwest. Crews are working to secure
line along the west perimeter to prevent further spread. The east side of the fire nears Hells
Canyon Tank is the most active. Helitack crews and hotshots are working to access the area in order
to complete the work necessary to slow and stop the fire spread. They will be supported by aerial
resources as needed.
A recording of last night’s online community meeting tonight on the Bush and Central Fires is
available at https://tinyurl.com/June21video.
Hot, dry weather is expected to continue throughout the area. Expect high temperatures, light winds
in the morning and gusts up to 20 mph.
Visit https://az511.com/ or call 511 for current road closure information.
The Tonto National Forest has an area closure surrounding the Central 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
Acres: 3,956 acres (based on infrared flight)
Percent Containment: 0%
Start Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020
Origin Location: East of New River, AZ
Fuels: Tall grass and brush
Resources: 192 total including 5 Type 1 crews; 2 Type 2 crews; 6 engines, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders
Public Phone: (928) 351-7723
Media Phone: (928) 351- 7596
Facebook: Tonto National Forest
Smoke Outlook: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/CentralArizona