The Willow Fire, ignited by lightning on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Black Mesa Ranger District on July 28 when thunderstorms occupied the area, was reported on July 30.
The Willow Fire remains a Type 4 level and the Incident Commander is Daniel Ruebush. Firefighters successfully completed burnout operations over the weekend, utilizing existing road systems in the area, which included Forest Service Roads 62, 62B1, 62S7 and 62S. Firefighters are conducting mop-up and will continue to monitor the fire for any hot spots near the fire’s perimeter.
Some of the larger fuels are still burning and producing smoke, which may be visible from Heber-Overgaard, Forest Lakes, Clay Springs communities and along Highways 260, 277 and 377. Smoke from wildfires can be hazardous to your health. The Air Quality Division of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality operates a network of portable particulate monitors across Arizona, and anyone can view air quality by visiting their website at https://www.phoenixvis.net/ppmmain.aspx.
- Location of Origin: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Black Mesa Ranger District
- Start Date: July 28, 2020
- Size: Approximately 281 Acres
- Cause: Lightning
- Percent Contained: 70
- Personnel: 5
- Resources Assigned: 1 Type 3 engine, and various incident management overhead.
The National Weather Service forecast for Heber-Overgaard is calling for isolated thunderstorms today with a high near 89 degrees, and light winds. The forecast for tomorrow is calling for sunny skies and increasing winds.
Members of the public are advised to drive with caution in the area as smoke may reduce visibility. Fire information can be found on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests website at www.fs.usda.gov/asnf.