River Fire reaches 35 percent containment

September 7, 2019 - 8:13 pm

Today firefighters completed burnout operations along Forest Road 17 on top of New River Mesa which helped secure the eastern flank of the fire. The increase in acreage today was the result of unburned pockets of fuel being consumed within the fire perimeter.

Crews will continue to monitor and reinforce containment lines in preparation for thunderstorms which are forecasted for the area on Sunday and Monday.

Motorists are asked to be aware of their surroundings and slow down for fire vehicles on Seven Springs Road.

To keep firefighters and the public safe, Forest Road 41 (“Table Mesa Road”) has been closed from the Tonto National Forest boundary on the west to the junction with Forest Road 24 (Seven Springs). 

Additional closures in the area may be required if the fire progresses.

River Fire overview


Approximately 7 miles north of Cave Creek, and 3.5 miles east of New River

Nearest town is New River

Start Date:       9/3/2019              

Size:  7,772 acres (estimated)    

Percent Contained:  35%

Cause:  Lightning