Photos: Mistake Peak Fire grows to 4,000 acres


by Jennifer Thomas

Video reporty by Bruce Haffner

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 15 at 5:46 PM

Mistake Peak Fire
Date reported:
Aug. 8, 6 p.m.
4,000 acres
6 crews, 5 engines, 1 water tender, 2 dozers, 2 Type-3 helicopters, 1 air attack plane
1 air attack plane for monitoring fire activity
Rough, inaccessible
Pinyon, Juniper, Oak brush, chaparral, Ponderosa pine
Est. cost:
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PUNKIN CENTER, Ariz. -- A wildfire burning on the Tonto National Forest has grown to 4,000 acres and has forced several road closures.

The Mistake Peak Fire is burning north of Roosevelt Lake about 11 miles east of Punkin Center, Ariz. The fire was reported Wednesday evening and is only 10 percent contained.
Officials said the fire, moving north and east, has transitioned from grass/brush fuels to Ponderosa Pine timber, which will burn for a longer duration.  

Approximately 375 firefighters are on the scene. Their efforts are being complicated by the extremely rough terrain and above-average temperatures.

According to Fire Behavior Analyst Holly Kleindienst, isolated thunderstorms in the fire area may produce gusty winds that could push the fire in any direction. Little rain has fallen in the vicinity of the fire since the monsoons began.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A road closure is in effect for the area surrounding the fire. Forest Road 236, 236A, 486 and 416 are closed. FR 71 is closed at the FR 609 and FR 236 junction. FR 609 is closed at the junction with FR 236 and FR 486.

The closures affect current bear-hunting activities in the area and will potentially affect archery deer hunting, which begins Wednesday. For more hunting information, contact Arizona Game and Fish at 602-942-3000 or