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Late last week, as the Woodbury Fire continued to grow and evacuation orders were issued, the Gila County Board of Supervisors declared a state of emergency.

The declaration makes it possible for the county to prepare for recovery efforts from the fire and provide the legal avenue to request additional resources if needed.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Tuesday, June 25 stating all evacuations in the Roosevelt area have been lifted. State Route 188 is fully open from Globe to Payson, with temporary reductions in speed. State Route 88 remains closed from Tortilla Flat to State Route 188 at Roosevelt Dam. The Tonto National Monument remains closed.

There are still active areas within the fire perimeter and smoke will be noticeable for the coming weeks. Motorists are advised to use caution along the roadways where firefighters are working. Fire traffic will continue to be present in the area.

The Gila County Call center, 928-402-8888, will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for information about re-entry procedures. For fire related questions, call 505-399-2439.

With the lifting of Woodbury evacuation order for the Roosevelt Lake communities, the local Red Cross Shelter at Lee Kornegay Intermediate School in Miami officially closed Tuesday, June 25.  

The Red Cross continues to work closely with  local partners and emergency management officials to coordinate any recovery efforts moving forward. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call round-the-clock and ready to assist in various aspects including sheltering, feeding, disaster assessment, casework, and more. Red Cross caseworkers will continue to work with families affected by this disaster, providing referrals, resources and more. www.redcross.org/local/arizona.

Contact the reporter 

tmcquerrey@payson.com

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