Woodbury firefighter

A firefighter during firing operations on the Woodbury.

Crews are mopping up after the Woodbury Fire south of Roosevelt Lake, which has burned 124,000 acres and is nearly 90 percent contained.

Closures remain in effect, including State Route 88 from Tortilla Flat to State Highway 188 at the Roosevelt Dam.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is assessing the condition of the watersheds that were burned in the fire. The BAER program is designed to identify and manage potential risks to resources on National Forest System lands and reduce these threats.

The BAER team includes hydrologists, soil scientists, archaeologists, wildlife biologists, and other specialists whose work begins with field data collection. The next phase involves completing a values-at-risk assessment. This assessment will determine and prioritize work within the fire areas 15 sub-watersheds. The next phase will involve modeling and analyzing data work before completing a report that will be given to Forest Service officials.

Wildfire increases the potential for post-fire flooding, soil erosion, and debris flows that could impact recreational areas, homes, structures, roads, and other infrastructure within, adjacent to, and downstream from burned areas. Summer monsoon rains can bring thunderstorms and heavy rain in a short time period, and produce flash floods.

Residents and visitors should remain alert to possible flooding when traveling along roads downstream from the burned areas on the forest.

Everyone near and downstream from the Woodbury burned area should remain alert and stay updated on weather conditions that may result in heavy rains over the area. Flash flooding could occur quickly during heavy rain events.

Firefighters will continue to patrol the containment line.

State Route 88 closure:

Tortilla Flat businesses remain open. State Route 88 is closed starting past Tortilla Flat to State Highway 188 at Roosevelt Dam. The closure will remain until Tonto National Forest and Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) evaluate and address all public safety concerns resulting from the fire. A more definitive timeline will become available to the public once the BAER team provides their assessment report. Apache Lake and Marina, Apache Campgrounds and picnic sites will continue to be closed until SR 88 is reopened

Forest closure:

The forest closure extends beyond the fire perimeter. The forest closure includes a portion of the Arizona Trail (AZT) and Hewitt Station (Forest Road 357). The perimeter of the closure area starts at the forest boundary north of Apache Junction on SR 88, which makes the northern boundary of the closure area, east and south of SR 88 to Roosevelt Dam at State Highway 188 following forest boundary north of Highway 60. Any violation of this closure is punishable by a fine or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

Forest Service

closed campsites:

Burnt Corral, Crabtree Wash, Davis Wash, Lower Burnt Corral Shoreline Area, Three-Mile Wash, Upper Burnt Corral Shoreline Area.

Open lakes and

campsites:

Roosevelt, Canyon Lake, Saguaro Lake, Bartlett Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Lower Salt River, Roosevelt Marina and RV Park, Windy Hill, Grapevine, School House, Frazier, Frazier Group Site, Cholla Campground, and Frazier Horse Camp.

Tonto National Forest is in Stage 1 fire restrictions and fireworks are not allowed on public lands at any time.

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