New River Mesa

Today firefighters completed burnout operations along Forest Road 17 on top of New River Mesa which helped secure the eastern flank of the fire. The increase in acreage today was the result of unburned pockets of fuel being consumed within the fire perimeter.

Crews will continue to monitor and reinforce containment lines in preparation for thunderstorms which are forecasted for the area on Sunday and Monday.

Motorists are asked to be aware of their surroundings and slow down for fire vehicles on Seven Springs Road.

Summary: The River Fire grew approximately 1,000 acres yesterday and overnight, and continues to burn on New River Mesa north toward Forest Road 41, away from communities and infrastructure. High heat and winds caused fire activity to increase. Fire crews worked through the night, conducting burnout operations ahead of the fire in an attempt to contain the fire south of Forest Road 41. Additional fire crews and aerial resources have been ordered to assist with the operations today.

The River Fire grew about 160 acres overnight, continuing to burn on New River Mesa away from communities and infrastructure. Fire activity increased today over previous days with winds and canyons lining up to push fire north toward Forest Road 41. Nearby residents may see a helicopter dropping water on hotspots.

Firefighter and public safety remains the number one priority. The suppression response strategy is to prevent the River Fire from moving toward communities while limiting firefighter exposure.   

The River Fire grew in size today, reaching 1,800 acres before nightfall.  It remains on top of New River Mesa, continuing to burn in grass and light brush north and east away from communities and other infrastructure.  Firefighters will continue to monitor the River Fire’s progression and direction, and are ready to call in additional air and ground resources if necessary.

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