- Approximately 1⁄2 mile east of Fort McDowell Reservation
- Approximately three northeast of Rio Verde
- 15 miles northeast of Scottsdale
- Nearest town is Cave Creek
Start Date: August 3, 2019 Size: 2,690 acres Percent Contained (or completion): 0% Cause: Lightning
Summary: The Verde Fire grew to approximately 2,690 acres on Monday, with most of the growth on the southwest side of the fire, which was caused by strong outflow winds from passing thunderstorms. There was little growth on the north and east flanks of the fire. The fire has been less active today, because of cooler temperatures and overcast skies. Firefighters are working to keep the fire from progressing into the Verde River riparian corridor, and working to keep the fire from crossing Forest Road 1852 on the southwest corner of the fire. The Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Verde Fire at 11:00 am, Tuesday, August 6, 2019.
Resources: Airtankers were used this morning to help keep the fire from moving to the west, and a helicopter continues to douse hot spots with water where needed. Two fire crews have arrived and will be used to keep the fire from moving to the west and south toward Ft. McDowell and the community of Rio Verde.
Weather: Monsoon storms developed over the area yesterday, allowing the fire to grow approximately 700 acres overnight. Smoke and flames were visible to nearby residents because of the storm activity. Weather reports are calling for a decreased chance of thunderstorm activity over the next few days, but isolated thunderstorms over the mountains are still possible.
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Closures: Forest Service Roads on the west side of State Highway 87 remain closed to all entry. This includes: Lower Sycamore, Sugarloaf and Mesquite, as these areas are south and east of the Verde Fire.
Smoke has decreased, but may continue to be visible throughout the day and into the evening hours.