River Fire still visible

September 4, 2019 - 9:40 pm

Summary:  The River Fire grew in size today, reaching 1,800 acres before nightfall.  It remains on top of New River Mesa, continuing to burn in grass and light brush north and east away from communities and other infrastructure.  Firefighters will continue to monitor the River Fire’s progression and direction, and are ready to call in additional air and ground resources if necessary.

Firefighter and public safety remains the number one priority.  The suppression response strategy is to prevent the River Fire from moving toward communities while limiting firefighter exposure.  Tonto National Forest fire managers are coordinating with local emergency response agencies and sharing updated information as it becomes available.  As long as the fire is not threatening communities, firefighters will not build fireline in areas with the potential to risk their safety because of excessive heat and the distance from roads and access to rapid medical help if needed.

Once the sun goes down, nearby residents may see the fire’s glow in the distance and communities near New River Mesa may smell smoke overnight as the air cools and smoke settles into the drainages below.


  • 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:    1,800 acres     

Percent Contained:  0

Cause:  Lightning