The Windy Fire at Roosevelt Lake was reported on the evening of July 8, 2015. Firefighters responded and moved campers out of the immediate area on Windy Hill. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from moving to the south, and will continue to reinforce and build fire line today, to make sure the fire stays within the current area. The fire was driven by winds last night.
The gate leading into the Badger and Ringtail loops boat launches are closed to the public while firefighters work to contain the fire. Watercraft can still launch at Cholla or the Marina. There are plenty of camping and picnicking opportunities along the south Shoreline of Roosevelt Lake.
This is a good reminder to recreationist to remain vigilant to prevent wildfires. Practice these tips to prevent wildfires this summer:
- Make sure your campfire is completely out. If your fire is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave. Take a shovel and plenty of water to put out your fire. Pour water on your fire and stir with a shovel. Repeat until the fire is cool to the touch. Use a gas stove if windy conditions are predicted
- Don’t stop or park your vehicle in tall grass or over small shrubs, where a spark or hot engine parts can start a fire.
- Make sure vehicles and tires are in good working condition, and safety chains and other trailer equipment are not dragging. Chains dragging on the road create sparks and can cause fires
- Always carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle, as well as plenty of water and a shovel to put out fires.
- Avoid shooting on hot, windy days, and be sure your target area is free of dry grass and shrubs. Shooting at steel targets or rocks may throw sparks into dry grass and nearby brush. Use paper or clay targets to reduce the risk of sparks. When shooting, always carry a fire extinguisher, extra water and a shovel in case a fire does start.
- Discard cigarette butts in ashtrays inside a vehicle or a building. Cigarettes can start fires long after they have been dropped or thrown away.
- Make sure all motorized equipment, including chainsaws, all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles have approved spark arrestors to prevent a spark.
- The use of fireworks, explosives and exploding targets is always prohibited on public lands, as sparks from these items can start a wildfire.
Windy Fire Information:
- Location: Tonto Basin Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest, Gila County, Arizona, Approximately 20 miles northwest of Globe, and three miles east of Roosevelt, AZ
- Start Date: July 9, 2015, reported at approximately 8 p.m.
- Size: Approximately 46 acres
- Percent contained: 0%
- Cause: Human caused, under investigation
- Vegetation: Grass and brush
Growth Potential: low