Summary: The Verde Fire remains at 2,735 acres at the end of Wednesday, with minimal fire activity. Firefighters spent Wednesday securing the south and southwest corner, and will continue this work today. Containment is now at 69%, and work will continue to make sure the fire’s edge is secure. Interior pockets of fuel may produce smoke that is visible throughout the day and into the evening hours. Community members may notice ash being blown around within the burned area, which resembles smoke. This occurs due to high winds from heat on the desert floor. This type of disturbance may continue to occur until a significant amount of moisture is received and ash settles. The Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will transition command of the Verde Fire back to the Forest Thursday morning.
Weather: Weather reports continue to call for a decreased chance of thunderstorm activity over the next few days, however a 10% chance of isolated thunderstorms over the mountains are still possible in the afternoons.
Closures: Tonto National Forest has implemented a closure for the area surrounding the Verde Fire, which includes the following roads: Lower Sycamore, FR 403, Sugarloaf, FR 402, and Mesquite Wash, FR160, on the west side of the fire, and Log Corral, FR 3456, and Box Bar, FR106, on the east side of the fire. These closures allow for visitor health and safety while firefighters work in the area. Additional information can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/y5kvhzcz.
Fire Restrictions: The Tonto National Forest remains in elevated Stage 1 Fire Restrictions because wetting rains have not been widespread across the Forest. Additional information can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices/?aid=52969
Size: 2,735 acres
Percent Contained: 69%
Fire Information Line: 480-595-3380 8 a.m. – 6 p.m