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 Verde Fire grew to approximately 1,960 acres on Sunday, with most of the movement to the northeast and southwest. A helicopter and airtankers were used on Sunday and are available today, if needed, to slow the fire’s spread west and south toward Ft.