Fire In Sierra Anchas Continues

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Pleasant Valley Ranger District fire specialists are managing the lightning-caused Tanner wildfire, now about 3,400 acres, which began on August 20, near the Armer Mountain peak in the Sierra Anchas.

Smoke may be visible to visitors and residents in the Tonto Basin, Globe and Young areas and when looking south from HIhgway 260.

“Today, we had air coverage which provided support for crews who focused on prep work in the Workman Creek area,” said John Thornburg, fire management officer Sunday evening. “The fire remains within our management area and continues to burn heavy pockets of fuel which prevents catastrophic wildfires in the future.”

Due to the increased size of the fire, a Type 3 team assumed management of the fire Monday with additional resources coming.

Downdraft winds from a thunderstorm off Armer Mountain pushed the fire across Highway 288 Saturday around 7 p.m. and the fire burned through a dispersed camping area. No campers were present and no structures were lost.

Highway 288 remains closed from Reynolds Creek south to the A-Cross Road.

For more information, call the Pleasant Valley Ranger District offices at (928) 462-4300, or visit www.fs.usda.gov/Tonto. To report a wildland fire, call (888) 746-6516.

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