Tonto National Forest

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.

Summary:  The Verde Fire remains at 2,735 acres at the end of Wednesday, with minimal fire activity.  Firefighters spent Wednesday securing the south and southwest corner, and will continue this work today.  Containment is now at 69%, and work will continue to make sure the fire’s edge is secure.  Interior pockets of fuel may produce smoke that is visible throughout the day and into the evening hours.  Community members may notice ash being blown around within the burned area, which resembles smoke.  This occurs due to high winds from heat on the desert floor.  This type of

Summary: The Verde Fire remained at approximately 2,730 acres at the end of Tuesday, with minimal fire activity along the fire’s edge, because of cooler morning temperatures and overcast skies. Crews will be shuttled into the fire today to begin building fireline and cold trail the southern edge of the trail. Cold trail means securing the fire edge. Smoke has decreased, but may continue to be visible throughout the day and into the evening hours.

The Woodbury is 100% contained around the perimeter edge. This does NOT mean that the fire is controlled. There is still smoke and active fire moving within the interior through pockets of unburned fuel.

Apache Lake remains closed along with State Highway 88 between Tortilla Flat and the Roosevelt Dam.  ADOT will issue a News Release later this week after conducting meetings with Tonto National Forest and other cooperating agencies.  These meetings may provide a more definitive timeline on the closure.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been working to assess the condition of the watersheds that were burned in the Woodbury Fire. The BAER program is designed to identify and manage potential risks to resources on National Forest System lands and reduce these threats through appropriate emergency measures to protect human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been working to assess the condition of the watersheds that were burned in the Woodbury Fire. The BAER program is designed to identify and manage potential risks to resources on National Forest System lands and reduce these threats through appropriate emergency measures to protect human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources.

Team Transition: The Central West Zone Type Three Incident Management Team made a transition to the local Type 3 Incident Commander this morning. Firefighting resources will continue to staff the Woodbury Fire and patrol the containment line. This will be the final Woodbury Fire Update, unless significant fire activity occurs.

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