The Type 1 Southwest Area Incident Management Team (Team 2), led by Incident Commander Rich Nieto, has taken over management of the Woodbury Fire as of 6 AM this morning. Firefighter and public safety are the Team’s highest priority. This highly experienced team has the skill set and resources to manage the complexity of this incident. They will continue to fully suppress this fire while minimizing the impacts, where possible, to the fragile and scenic Sonoran Desert ecosystem.
The fire was active yesterday with the increased temperatures and dryer conditions. Most of the activity was on the western and southern edges of the fire towards Forest Road 172. Burnout operations conducted last night on the west side of Forest Road 172 were successful in keeping the fire from spreading east.
There was moderate fire activity on the northern edge within the boundary of the Superstition Wilderness. Accessibility by firefighters to several areas is limited due to the rough terrain, making it difficult to fight the fire directly. With hot and dry conditions predicted for today, fire activity and smoke is expected to increase.
A Community Meeting will be held today Wednesday, June 12th at 6:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon located at 6640 South Kings Ranch Road, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118. Incident Management Team personnel will provide an update on the management of the Woodbury Fire.
No evacuations are in place on this incident and no communities are threatened. Any warning notices or evacuations will be coordinated through the Pinal County Sheriff’s office via the Pinal County Emergency Management Office. Official fire information, including updates, photos and maps can be found on the Inciweb website at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6382/. Information will also be shared through the Tonto National Forest Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/TontoNationalForest/ and Twitter: @TontoForest. The new Fire Information phone number is 505-399-2439.