Containment on Mistake Peak Fire improves to 15% percent

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

ROOSEVELT, Ariz. -- Firefighters continue to work on containing the Mistake Peak Fire burning in the Tonto National Forest.

On Thursday, officials announced that containment on the fire had increased to 15 percent.

“Firefighters are doing an amazing job given record high temperatures, extremely steep terrain and strong thunderstorm activity,” said David Bales, Incident Commander Trainee.

The Mistake Peak Fire currently covers about 4,800 acres. There are more than 400 firefighters battling the blaze, along with 15 engines, four dozers, four water tenders, and three helicopters.

Several temporary closures have been put in place to ensure the public’s safety.

Closures start at the intersection of Forest Road 71 and FR 609. It moves northeast along FR 609 until FR 416, then east on FR 416 until FR 86. The closure also extends east on FR 486 to State Route 288, moving west on SR288 to FR 609, then west along FR 609 to FR 486.

The closure continues south and west along FR 486 to FR 236, then south and west along FR 236 to FR 236A. The closure moves southwest on FR 236A until FR 71, where it moves west along FR 71 to FR 609.

The Cholla Campground has also been closed.

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