Cave Creek Complex Fire Reaches 111,000 Acres


The Cave Creek Complex Fire has now grown to 111,000 acres.

The Bartlett Lake Road has been reopened, and the public can now access the lake at all of its recreational facilities. Horseshoe Lake and Horseshoe Lake Road remain closed.

Winds will be lighter today and extreme fire behavior is expected. The fire will continue to move northward with flame lengths up to 30 feet high. Plume dominated fire behavior is expected. The south side of the fire remains secure. No communities south of the fire are at risk. Crews have been spiked (remote camp) north west of the fire in order to have better access to the main part of the fire.

Western Area Power Administration, in conjunction with the Incident Management Team, may decide to de-energize 345 KV power transmission line To ensure the safety of firefighters working under the power line, the on a as at the request of the operations group. This will not result in disruption of service in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

For more information on the Cave Creek Complex Fire and other fires burning on the Tonto National Forest, check the Forest Service website at

You can also log onto the official Cave Creek Complex Fire website at:

Quick Facts:

Definition of "complex" fire: A "complex" fire is two or more fires in the same area assigned to a single commander or unified command.

Total Acres: 111,000

Start Date: June 21, 2005; 4:45 p.m.

Cause: Lightning

Location: 5 miles NE of Carefree, AZ

Containment: 20 percent

Expected Full Containment: Unknown

Threatened Resources: Cave Creek, Seven Springs and Lime Creek riparian areas. T & E species including Gila top-minnow, willow flycatcher, bald eagle and razorback sucker. Archeological resources. Larry Canyon is an important riparian habitat for nesting Mexican blackhawk and occupied habitat for Gila chub. It is also a portion of the Perry Mesa historic register site.

Fuels: Oak & Chaparral brush & grass

Terrain: Step topography, extremely flashy fuels, & poor access.

Cost: $1,800,000

Total Personnel: 803

Crews: 14 Type 1; 9 Type 2 crews

Equipment: 28 engines; 4 dozers

Air Support: 8 helicopters

Evacuations & Closures: 250 homes, 175 people;

Damage: 11 residences, 3 out buildings in Camp Creek

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