Smoke from the Woodbury Fire on Thursday

Smoke from the Woodbury Fire visible from the entrance to Tonto National Monument on Thursday. There was concern the progression of the fire would reach the cliff dwellings.

Firing operations were conducted last night along the Highway 188 corridor from Roosevelt to Spring Creek to limit fire spread should it progress further northeast. The line is holding well. Additional firing occurred at Tonto National Monument ahead of the advancing wildfire as a precautionary measure.

Today, Tonto National Monument reports no apparent damage to the Lower and Upper Cliff Dwellings, and other structures. This success is attributed to quality coordination between the National Park Service staff and the Incident Management Team. 

The Woodbury Fire has been less active today than in recent days. Minimal fire growth allowed the construction of direct fireline by hotshot crews.

On the far east side of the fire, slower fire progression was observed. The fire continues to produce smoke, but is not actively moving on the landscape. The southeast side of the fire where retardant has been dropped along Sawtooth Ridge continues to hold. Crews continue to perform structure protection around the community of Top of the World, Pinto Valley Mine, Carlota Mine, and other infrastructure.

Crews actively patrol the northern perimeter to keep the fire south of State Highway 188. The southwestern perimeter of the fire closest to Apache Junction, Queen Valley, and Gold Canyon has not made any movement for several days. Fire personnel continue to monitor this area for any potential fire progression. 

For information about evacuations, shelters, livestock and pet shelters call: 928-402-8888

Current closures: Tonto National Forest Fire Area Closure: Tonto National Monument is closed. 

State Highway 88 is closed from milepost 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:

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.

The Incident Command Post in Gold Canyon is in the process of relocating to Dr. Charles A. Bejarano Elementary School, 4635 S Ragus Rd, Miami, AZ 85501. The relocation will be completed by the evening of June 24, 2019.

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