The Redmond and River Fires, both started by lightning, on the evening of Tuesday, September 3 are nearing containment and minimal fire activity is visible.
The Redmond Fire, burning north of Globe, reached 920 acres before firefighters received help from rain falling on the fire area. Firefighters will continue to patrol the area, and monitor fire activity as the weather returns to warmer and drier conditions. Forest Roads 223 and 644 remain temporarily closed to the public.
The River Fire, burning north of Cave Creek, reached 7,900 acres, and fire crews were able to keep it from growing larger by burning out from Forest Roads 17 and 41 (Table Mesa Road). Higher humidity aided firefighters, even though the area didn’t receive any measurable rain. Forest Road 41 is open to the public. Firefighters will continue to patrol firelines, so please slow down when driving in the area, and be alert for potential flash flooding if thunderstorms appear on the horizon.