The Yavapai County Sherriff’s Office has issued a Ready status notification for the communities of Beasley Flats and Verde Lakes. Residents should be considering what they need to do if an evacuation were to be ordered. The fire continued to advance slowly to the northwest. Residents of Camp Verde and nearby communities will continue to see the fire follow this pattern of growth for the next several days while firefighters establish containment lines to stop this growth. Aircraft were used to keep the fire east of the Verde River and to slow forward advance wherever they could be effective. Crews are working along State Route 260 to prepare for continued burning operations. Today firefighters mopped up and improved the line that was burned last night, and additional firing is planned for tonight. Firefighters worked to protect values at risk and assess hazards in the communities of Strawberry and Pine. Dry conditions persist, allowing for active to extreme burning conditions.
Public Land Closures:
An emergency area fire closure has been issued to protect public health and safety from fire activities. All Tonto, Coconino and Prescott National Forest lands, roads and trails in the area of the Backbone Fire are closed. Full details of area and road closures are available on the Backbone Fire InciWeb page at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7545/. The entire Coconino and Kaibab National Forests will be closed for public safety beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday June 23, while the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest will close Thursday June 24.
State Route 260 is closed between Camp Verde and State Route 87. State Route 87 is closed north of Payson to Clints Well. Motorists are advised to visit https://www.az511.com for current road closures before traveling. Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) is working closely with the agencies responding to wildfires across the state. While there has been some impact to APS infrastructure due to the Backbone Fire, there are no customers without power at this time because of fire activity and disruption in service is not currently anticipated. APS is monitoring fire progress and will coordinate with emergency response agencies in the event there is a need to take power lines out of service to protect firefighters and/or if the fire or smoke impacts electrical infrastructure. APS customers can visit aps.com/outagecenter for information on how to be prepared for an outage and to view the APS outage map.
Temperatures will remain well above normal and are exceeding 100 degrees with single-digit humidity. Southwest winds will increase during the day with gusts of 13 to 18 mph possible.
Evacuation orders continue to be in place for the communities of Pine and Strawberry. The communities of Beasley Flats and Verde Lakes are in a Ready status. Residents and visitors should contact their county or visit https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go for information regarding evacuation status.
No Drone Zone:
A temporary flight restriction remains in place over the Backbone Fire.
Fire Danger Remains Extreme:
All State Trust Land, Prescott, Tonto, and Coconino national forests are under Stage II Fire Restrictions. Please use caution when recreating or working outdoors. Check for fire restrictions or information on fire activity around Arizona at: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/.
Acres: 37,296 acres
Percent Containment: 1%
Start Date: June 16, 2021
Origin Location: Approximately 12 miles west of Pine and Strawberry, Arizona
Fuels: Pinyon Juniper, Chaparral, Brush, Grass, Cactus
Personnel Assigned: 442