The fire increased in size yesterday, adding another 14,441 acres as the wind pushed the fire north and north eastward in three fingers. The growth occurred along the west fork of Pinto and Spencer canyons, and Campaign Creek. Adding to the total acreage are suppression activities of firefighters using firing operations to bolster fire lines along the State Highway 188 corridor.
The south and west side of the fire closest to Apache Junction, Queen Valley and Gold Canyon remains dormant. These areas continue to be monitored, and resources are in place to respond if fire reignites in the area.
Containment of the fire decreased from 42% to 34% yesterday. This is not uncommon as the fire grows. The fire has enlarged to the north and east, and therefore, the contained south and west portions of the fire are now a smaller percentage of the total fire perimeter.
Fire managers are executing plans to use the main Pinto Creek drainage as a control feature to prevent the fire spreading eastward towards Wheatfield. The fire is currently 7 miles west of Wheatfield. They plan to continue this line southward along the western boundary of the Pinto Creek Mine and eventually turn the line westward to connect to established control lines on the southeastern flank of the fire. Firefighters are clearing brush and establishing defensible space along this drainage.
For information about evacuations, shelters, livestock and pet shelters call: 928-402-8888
Current closures: The Tonto National Forest closed the Superstition Wilderness and adjacent Forest and campgrounds along State Highway 188 east of Roosevelt dam. For more detailed information go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices/?aid=53108 State Highway 88 is closed from mile post 213 at Tortilla Flat to State Highway 188 at Theodore Roosevelt Dam. Also, State Highway 188 is closed from its junction with State Highway 88, east to the junction of State Highway 288 (The Young Road). Highway 288 remains open. For current Arizona Department of Transportation information visit: https://az511.gov/ The National Park Service’s Tonto National Monument is also closed.
The following areas remain open to the public: Lower Salt River, Saguaro, Canyon, Roosevelt, and Bartlett lakes, Lost Dutchman State Park and Oak Flat Campground. Tonto National Forest Stage 1 Fire Restrictions remain in place.