The River Fire was reported on Tuesday evening, after a monsoon storm moved through the area. Located on top of New River Mesa, dry grass and windy conditions caused the fire to grow rapidly and be visible from many parts of the north valley after dark. Firefighters responded last night, and are focusing their efforts on securing the southern edge of the fire.
The Benchmark Fire was reported on Saturday afternoon, October 14, 2017, and is burning on Benchmark Mountain west of Forest Road 37. Smoke may be visible from I-17 and Black Canyon City. The fire is burning in a remote area of the forest with limited access, so it is being monitored from the air. The fire size has not changed in the last 24 hours, and growth to the south has stopped because the fire burned into the Bull Fire scar from earlier this summer.
The Brooklyn Fire is burning in the Tonto National Forest and the Agua Fria National Monument in Yavapai County, Arizona. The change to Complex includes the incorporation of 2 lightning caused fire in the general area of the Brooklyn Fire on the Tonto National Forest. They are the Bull Fire (S/SE of the Brooklyn Fire) and Cedar Fire (E/SE of the Brooklyn Fire). These 2 fires are not a threat to structures at this time and are in remote areas with difficult access.
Agency Jurisdiction: Tonto National Forest, Bureau of Land Management
The Brooklyn fire is burning 8 miles northeast of Black Canyon City and is approximately 22,000 acres. The fire was highly impacted today by strong gusty and erratic winds from passing thunderstorms. Those winds caused the fire to push south and east and caused aircraft working the fire to be temporarily grounded due to the weather.
Incident managers are working with county law enforcement to continually evaluate the fire situation in areas where homes and property have the potential to be directly affected. There are NO evacuations in place at this time.
The Tee Fire started Saturday June 10th at 7pm 4 miles SE of Black Canyon City and N. of Table Mesa. Daisy Mountain Fire Department crews, among other local cooperators, were dispatched to the fire and provided initial suppression. Around 1am Sunday morning, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management took command of the fire. The fire is now estimated at 700 acres and is burning in hard-to-access terrain through brush and tall grasses. Multiple air resources have been ordered, including a VLAT and hand crews.
Afternoon and evening thunderstorms on Monday north and east of the valley have caused Tonto National Forest firefighters to respond to multiple new fire starts. Several small fires have been reported, with most not growing to more than one acre.
The Benchmark Fire, burning in a remote area of the Tonto National Forest, is approximately 15 miles east of Black Canyon City. The fire was reported last night and has grown to 1,000 acres this afternoon. It is burning in grass and brush. There are no buildings in the area, and firefighters are monitoring the fire activity.
Additional monsoon storms on Tuesday night kept firefighters busy chasing reports of new fire starts on the Tonto National Forest. As of this morning, eighteen reports of smoke had been reported and firefighters are checking on them. There are currently seven fires burning on the Tonto, and afternoon thunderstorms are expected to deliver more lightning.
The Lion Fire started south of the Bradshaw Mountains and is burning in a remote and rugged area. Crews will work indirect due to terrain and predicted weather with concerns of strong outflow winds from thunderstorms. At this time, the fire is 125 acres.
No structures are threatened or are in the immediate area of the fire.
The fire is smoldering with very little to no visible smoke. Smoke may be visible in the later part of the day when temperatures rise. The fire has burned into some natural barriers.
Lightning storms lit up the sky east of Phoenix, and several new fires have been reported this morning on the Tonto National Forest
The Superstition Fire is burning near Charlebois Spring on the west end of the Superstition Wilderness. Because of the remote location and rugged terrain, this fire is currently being monitored from the air. There is chance for afternoon thunderstorms and erratic winds in the area of the fire. This fire may be visible from Mesa and Apache Junction.