Bush Fire

Officials Thursday afternoon added Rye, Deer Creek and Gisela to the list of communities on "Set" status. This photo was taken June 17 near Tonto Basin. 

As a result of the Bush Fire, the US Forest Service, Gila County Sheriff’s Office, and Gila County Emergency Management has recommended that the following areas be placed on a “SET” mode on the Ready, Set, Go model:

  • 76 Ranch
  • BT Ranch
  • Deer Creek
  • Gisela
  • Jakes Corner (was placed into the SET mode on June 15th)
  • Rye

Tonto Basin and Punkin Center remain under evacuation.

Red Cross has set-up an evacuation center at the Payson Police Department, 300 N. Beeline Highway.

The Town of Payson has set-up an evacuation area for larger animals at the Payson Event Center, S. Green Valley Parkway.

Although these communities are not immediately threatened, the SET notification is a preparatory measure.

Residents should consider voluntarily relocating to a shelter or with family/friends outside the affected area. Residents should avoid close contact with those who are sick and should practice public health recommendations when relocating.

For more information, go to https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go.

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