If the weather cooperates the piece north of Sunflower should not be very difficult to fire out after the east side is taken care of. Saturday the same thing happened in the same location. Eleven months ago firefighters battled a wildfire north of Phoenix about 35 miles north of Phoenix, 4 miles east of Interstate 17. All of the growth was on the north and east sides, spreading away from the greater Phoenix area, but moving closer to the communities north of Theodore Roosevelt Lake, including Tonto Basin and Punkin Center. Blue River Fire. If it does cross the river putting this huge fire out becomes much more complicated. As of Monday night the Bush Fire had burned over 64,000 acres northeast of Phoenix, Arizona. The wind has moderated over the last couple of days, allowing firefighters to make significant progress on the huge fire. The Southwest Coordination Center lists the current Central Fire at 2,000 acres. Just before the Sheriff’s Office issued the notice above, this was in another message about the new evacuation: Evacuated residents should proceed north towards Payson. When you have eliminated the JavaScript , whatever remains must be an empty page. Phoenix, AZ 85006. The fire was mapped by a fixed wing aircraft Monday night at 64,513 acres, an increase of 28,256 acres in 24 hours. (Originally published at 10:07 a.m. MDT June 17, 2020). Late Wednesday afternoon several large air tankers and helicopters were working on the south side of the fire west of Apache Lake north of the Salt River. More photos of the DC-10 on the Central Fire. State Route 87 is closed from Payson (mile marker 251) to Bush Highway (mile marker 199). Roll over the map set you wish to view, and click View App to open the map portal. Copyright © Arizona Department of Transportation – All rights reserved. The human-caused brush fire is burning in the Sugarloaf and Four Peaks Recreation areas. Rye, Gisela, Deer Creek, Ox Bow will be permitted to travel into Payson and return home. The weather is not helping the firefighters. The name changed from Central to Daisy and back to Central. Typically in a situation like this the incoming team will not assume command until Thursday or possibly even Friday, depending on how quickly they assemble (except those working remotely) and transition with the existing team members. Drive with care and follow the directions of emergency personnel. Drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route, such as US 60 and SR 188 through Globe, or delay travel if possible. The Bush Fire in southern Arizona morphed from one of many blazes in the region to one of the largest in state history, seemingly overnight. Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs . (CNN) Firefighters are battling multiple blazes throughout Arizona this week including the Bush Fire… It has been unusual to have the lesser qualified team on this very large fire for this long as it approaches megafire status, 100,000 acres. The Incident Management Team on the Bush Fire northeast of Phoenix is managing the Central Fire. Enable JavaScript to see Google Maps. More information about that fire is on Wildfire Today. Accessed June 16, 2020. Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new articles by email. The Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team is working with the Tonto National Forest to transition management to the forest on July 2, 2020. After they get it completely fired out along the highway, then they will need to hold those 28 miles of fireline between Jakes Corner (at the intersection of Highway 188 and 87) and the Lake Theodore Roosevelt dam. Resources assigned to the fire according to the National Situation Report include 14 hand crews, 26 engines, and no helicopters for a total of 541 personnel. Maps of the Bush Fire, northeast of Phoenix. Civil Rights/ADA | Derechos Civiles/ADA | Website Policies. The Blue River Fire is 85% contained and eight miles NE of San Carlos, Arizona. (Originally published at 9:36 a.m. MDT June 14, 2020). All information is from InciWeb and is updated three times daily. Firefighting resources assigned to the fire include 19 hand crews, 41 engines, 5 bulldozers, 19 water tenders, and 7 helicopters for a total of 759 personnel. For all articles on Wildfire Today about the Bush Fire northeast of Phoenix including the most recent, click here. Only local traffic will be permitted. We will post more about this fire later. After the fire made a run several days ago spreading rapidly downhill almost reaching the highway, they began using fire to remove the fuel near the highway allowing the flames to move up and merge with the main fire. Arizona's Bush Fire expanded to 104,379 acres Thursday and is one of three massive blazes burning through the state forcing over 2,000 to evacuate. Tuesday afternoon the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office issued an additional evacuation order, this time for an area on the south side of the Bush Fire  — Apache Lake north of Highway 88: More information about the evacuation can be found at the official Facebook page for the fire. The following maps are interactive. During that four-hour period satellite data showed that it spread two miles downhill almost reaching Highway 188 at the north end of Theodore Roosevelt Lake. During that same time frame the east side spread down the east side of Four Peaks and reached Highway 188. The Central Fire just east of New River, Arizona spread to the east Sunday to the top of New River Mesa, growing to 4,517 acres according to a mapping flight at 12:08 a.m Monday. Over the last few days firefighters on the Bush Fire have dropped back to Highway 188 and initiated backfire and burnout tactics. Read on to see maps of the Bush Fire along with evacuation updates. Additional evacuations have been ordered for the Bush Fire. Tuesday may bring red flag conditions which will cause additional challenges for firefighters. The southbound highway is currently closed at State Route 188. Sections of Highways 87, 88, and 188 are closed due to the fire. Bush Fire Smoke Outlook for June 22 - 23 For more information on specific fires, go to www.inciweb.nwcg.gov. The firing operations on the north side will add thousands more. Here is a zoomed-in version of the map showing the location of the Bush Fire northeast of Phoenix at 11:25 p.m. MDT June 14, 2020. The Bush Fire, located northeast of Phoenix, has already spread to … The area along the river is very rugged and difficult to access, and there is a chance the fire could ignite spot fires across the river, which would be a whole new ball game in difficult country. The Bush Fire was nearly completely contained. Interior burning activity and smoke may be present until the fire area receives widespread moisture from monsoons. Areas that remain under “Go” evacuation notices include Brownsville, Jake’s Corner, Slate Creek, Pioneer Pass, Tonto Basin, Punkin Center, Sunflower, and residents and visitors to Apache Lake. Bush Fire At 184,674 acres, officials said the human-caused Bush Fire was 42% contained on Sunday. The perimeter has not changed in a couple of days and any smoke seen is from previously unburned interior islands or firefighters cleaning up the edges by burnout out to remove fuel that is new the firelines. The dry weather in particular is expected to persist in the coming days. Fire Weather & Avalanche Center. The northbound lanes are closed at Bush Highway at milepost 199, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. There was confusion about the name of the fire, switching from Central to Daisy and back to Central. The Bush Fire is a new fire burning in Arizona northeast of Phoenix. There is no cost, and in case you change your mind each email has an unsubscribe button. 85541. Firefighters on the Bush Fire northeast of Phoenix are fighting fire with fire, removing fuel ahead of the blaze by firing out to keep it from crossing highways and destroying structures. The fire is 12 miles south of Payson, 17 miles northeast of Mesa, and 28 miles northwest of Globe. InciWeb is an interagency system that tracks high-visability, high-complexity or long duration incidents.. Central fire mapped Sunday night at 4,517 acres, (UPDATED at 11:40 a.m. MDT June 22, 2020). 75 personnel FINAL UPDATE - The Bush Fire remains 98% contained. A fire started in the footprint of the 2019 Central Fire. The fire has been very active five miles west of Roosevelt near the river. That record was blown away in 2002 by the 468,638-acre Rodeo-Chediski Fire at Show Low. The fire spread aggressively north on the east side of Highway 87 to Boulder Pass coming to within two miles of the community of Sunflower. Friday night’s mapping flight determined that the Bush Fire had burned 174,397 acres, an increase of 23,397 acres in 24 hours. Yarnell Hill Fire Map - This map shows the destroyed acreage due to the Yarnell Hill Fire. Firefighters are starting to get a pretty good handle on the Bush Fire. Bush Fire in Arizona is two days old and has already burned over 14,000 acres. Hot and dry weather is expected for the next several days with winds out of the Southwest. Since the Saturday afternoon overflight, satellites have not been able to detect any large heat sources on the fire, but it is likely burning, or was burning, in light fuels such as grass, and cooled quickly between overflights. At a virtual community meeting Sunday night Ralph Lucas, the Operations Section Chief of Alan Sinclair’s Type 1 incident management team running both the Central and Bush Fires, said he did not expect the Central Fire to grow much more: But when I last spoke to the Incident Commander on the Central Fire, he was confident with what they had going on, and thinks that we might be able to get around this thing and not see a drastic increase in acreage, but only time will tell depending on the weather and the wind. The Sheriff’s office has more information about evacuations on their Facebook page. Interactive Maps. 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