Unless there is significant fire activity, this will be the final update on the Polles Fire. The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 2 will be transitioning the fire back to the Tonto National Forest tomorrow July 11, 2020 at 6:00 PM.
Overnight infrared imagery detected few remaining areas of isolated heat within the perimeter of the Polles Fire. Most of the heat sources detected are interior of the perimeter and are likely stump holes and downed trees continuing to smolder and burn out. No fire growth is likely; however given the terrain, fuels, and extreme heat, fire managers will continue to monitor fire activity until they are sure any potential movement has been mitigated.
Today remaining crews will continue mop up, rehab indirect containment lines, and back-haul excess equipment. Resources will continue to demobilize throughout the day today but the Tonto National Forest will continue to have adequate resources to respond to any new fire activity.
An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for the fire for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Thunderstorms will also be possible in the area, but little to no precipitation is expected.
The Tonto National Forest has a Closure in effect across the forest to prevent new human caused fires. Details are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices.
The Tonto Natural Bridge State Park has closed due to the Polles Fire. For more information visit: https://azstateparks.com/tonto
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Everytime a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. Drove incursions during a wildfire can result in significant fines and jail time. For more info, visit: http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Acres: 572 acres
Percent Containment: 85%
Start Date: Friday, July 3, 2020
Origin Location: 11 miles W of Payson, AZ
Fuels: Pinion juniper, high desert grass
Resources: approx. 387: including 7 crews, 12 engines, 3 helicopters
Public Line: (928) 351-7723
Media Line: (928) 351-7596
Email: [email protected]
Tonto NF Facebook: FB.me/TontoNationalForest/
Tonto NF Twitter: twitter.com/TontoForest
Tonto NF Website: www.fs.usda.gov/tonto