Containment of the Woodbury fire reaches 53 percent as fire crews continue to patrol, secure and monitor firelines. The southeastern edge, north of Government Hill, is the latest area to be contained. Crews will continue along the fire’s edge to put out any remaining hot spots.
Personnel used an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to fly over the eastern border of the fire to scout for hotspots. The UAS detected heat within the fire perimeter and helicopters were ordered for bucket water drops in addition to firefighters building line on the ground. The UAS continues to be used today.
Retardant drops were utilized near Montana Mountain and Sawtooth Ridge on the southern perimeter to establish a strong control line in front of a pocket of unburned vegetation. Aerial ignitions were then conducted to fill in that area to secure that piece of the fireline.
The fire has begun moving out of the Superstition Wilderness and into the corridor along State Highway 188.
Early this morning, fire managers implemented firing operations adjacent to the Spring Creek Ranch. Additional firing operations are planned as conditions allow. These actions will create a wider barrier to the fire’s movement with burned vegetation. A column of smoke was visible this morning from those operations around Spring Creek.