Today: Fire activity increased along the southwestern edge of the Woodbury Fire and spread further onto State Land. Five air tankers were used to slow the fire’s spread. Structure protection also continued along the northern portion of the fire at Tortilla Flat, with the intent to continue burnout operations from Tortilla Flat west to Mesquite Flat, south of State Highway 88. Firefighters continued to reinforce existing firelines along State Highway 88 to keep the fire from progressing north. A smoke column was visible today from several locations including Superior and Apache Junction. The smoke was a result of increased fire behavior along the eastern edge of the fire, just north of Iron Mountain. High temperatures, low humidity and an abundance of continuous grass contributed to the increased fire behavior. Fire growth to the west toward Circle Mountain was reported today and six helicopters and air tankers were used to drop water on hot spots to slow the fire’s spread. East of the fire, firefighters are scouting for locations to construct fire breaks near the eastern boundary of the Superstition Wilderness to keep the fire from spreading eastward. Firefighters will continue this work over the next several days.
There are no threats to the communities of Queen Valley Estates, Gold Canyon, Kings Ranch, Superior, and Apache Junction. Firefighting efforts on the north end of the fire continue to focus on protecting campgrounds, infrastructure, powerlines, and businesses along State Highway 88.
Closures: State Highway 88 from Needle Vista east to the junction of State Highway 88 and State Highway 188. The closure includes: Tortilla Flat, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, and campsites along State Highway 88 within the road closure area. The following areas remain open and accessible to the public: Lower Salt River, Saguaro Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Bartlett Lake, Tonto National Monument Visitor Center, and Lost Dutchman State Park.