Overnight, favorable weather conditions decreased fire activity and pushed the fire away from Government Springs Ranch, as well as communities and infrastructure along Dripping Springs Road and State Route 77. The southeast corner of the fire on Mescal Mountain remained active. Firefighters continued to monitor the fire and potential threats to the electrical transmission lines supplying the San Carlos Apache communities. The fire continued to back down with low intensity through pine stands on Pinal Mountain.
Today, firefighters will take advantage of forecasted lower temperature and higher relative humidity to control remaining active hot spots. Aircraft will be used to drop water on the fire as it spread south and east on Mescal Mountain. Crews will begin mop up along the U.S. Route 60 corridor and remove standing dead trees along Forest Service Road 651 that pose a hazard to values on Pinal Mountain. Aircraft will map areas where fire retardant was dropped to inform fire rehabilitation efforts. Firefighters will continue to monitor for fire activity and protect communities and infrastructure along State Route 77, Dripping Springs Road, and Ray Mine. State Route 77 is open from the junction of State Route 77 and U.S. Route 70 to El Capitan for El Capitan residents only. The incident management team will host a community meeting on our Facebook page tonight at 6 p.m.
Evacuation status as of 5 p.m. June 19:
- “GO” - Dripping Springs, Wind Spirit, Hagen Ranch, Slash S Ranch, Government Springs.
- “SET” - El Capitan East and West, Six Shooter and Icehouse Canyons.
- "READY” - Superior, Globe, Miami, Claypool, Central Heights, Pinto/Carlotta, Skill Center, Fairgrounds, Schulze Ranch, Ray Mine, Top-of-the-World, Bellevue, Oak Flat, Beverly Hills, Riverside, Kearny, Winkelman, Hayden, Battle Axe area.
- Acres: 180,685
- Number of Personnel: 692
- Percent Containment: 67%
- Cause: Human, under investigation
- Date/Time Detected: Friday, June 4, 2021, 1:30 p.m.
- Origin/Location: South of Superior, Arizona
- Structures burned: 52