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Brush fires have closed State Route 377 in both directions between Holbrook and Heber-Overgaard and State Route 277 from Heber-Overgaard to Snowflake, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

There is no estimated time for the roadways to reopen. Motorists should consider delaying or altering their travel plans because several brush fires are burning in the area.

ADOT suggests the following detour: State Route 77 to State Route 260.

The Bureau of Land Management Colorado River District has been in fire restrictions in order to reduce the risk of wildfire on public lands managed by the BLM Kingman, Lake Havasu and Yuma Field Offices, which includes portions of Mohave, La Paz, Yuma and Yavapai counties. These restrictions remain in effect to limit activities that have the potential to start a fire.

The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for Monday, May 21 from 12 pm to 7 pm for portions of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) and parts of eastern Arizona due to strong winds and low relative humidity. Relative humidity levels are expected to drop into the single digits and wind gusts are expected to be between 30 to 40 mph over the White Mountains and Mogollon Rim Country.

Public safety concerns due to drought conditions, hot temperatures and increased fire danger are causing the Tonto National Forest to implement two area closures beginning at 6:00 am, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Areas outside of the closures will remain at Stage 2 fire restrictions.

The area closures will be in these general areas and will include all Tonto National Forest lands within the boundaries:

May 17 PM Update

Date/Time Reported: reported Saturday, May 12th, around 1:30pm

Location: Approximately 29 miles SE of Willcox, AZ. The fire started on private land, and has moved to the north and east onto Chiricahua National Monument and the Coronado National Forest.

Estimated Size: approximately 1,200 acres



Containment: 80%

Cause: human caused, under investigation

Arizona is very dry and we are continuously having days of high winds and low humidity. We would like to ask for your help in sharing these reminders. It is up to us and our visitors to stay safe and do what we can to reduce wildfire danger.

FIREWISE REMINDERS:

Currently all Fire Districts, Arizona State Forestry, and National Forest are under Stage II restrictions.

 Stage II Fire Restrictions:

The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for Thursday May 17 from 11 am to 7 pm for all of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) and most of eastern Arizona due to strong winds and low relative humidity. Relative humidity levels are expected to drop into the single digits and wind gusts are expected to be between 30 to 40 mph over the White Mountains and Mogollon Rim Country.

Fire activity: The Woods Fire was discovered at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11 near Forest Road 195 northwest of Woods Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District. 

Driven by strong winds, the Woods Fire quickly spread to the north/northeast until it entered the footprint of the 2017 Alder Prescribed Burn, which immediately slowed the fire’s northern progress. Local community, county, state, and federal fire crews worked through the night Friday to complete a line around the fire. 

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