The Verde Fire remains at 2,735 acres, with minimal fire activity. Firefighters were able to secure additional fireline, increasing containment to 76%, with full containment expected by Friday evening. Firefighters will continue to patrol and secure the fire perimeter. Pockets of isolated smoke and ash whirls may be seen if thunderstorms develop during the heat of the day. The Tonto National Forest thanks the Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team for all of their hard work protecting the communities of Rio Verde, Vista Verde and Fort McDowell.
Fire specialists from the Tonto National Forest plan to burn approximately 75 acres of piles on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 12, and February 13, 2019. The piles are located on national forest near the Vista Verde subdivision from 136th Street to 170th Street, north of Rio Verde/Dynamite Drive.
The Tonto National Forest will conduct a prescribed fire treatment to remove vegetative debris piles in the forest bordering the southeast side of the Rio Verde Community. The pile burning will begin Tuesday, February 9, and will continue through Friday, February 12, 2016. The vegetative debris piles resulted from a thinning project designed to increase defensible space along Rio Verde’s eastern border with the Forest and to reduce potential impacts of wildfire to the community.