SUPERIOR, AZ (AP) — The human-caused Woodbury Fire burning near Superior has now grown to 40,557 acres with 15% containment as of Tuesday.
The fire has forced the closure of SR-88, the Apache Trail, from north of Apache Junction, from Weavers Needle Vista Viewpoint to Roosevelt Lake.
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Firefighting efforts on the north end of the fire will concentrate on protecting campgrounds, power lines, and business along SR88.
Friday crews successfully conducted burnout operations south of Tortilla Flat trailhead keeping the fire south of State Highway 88.
Hundreds of firefighters are battling the flames, which are being fanned by strong winds and high temperatures. On Friday, a reported 607 people were involved in fighting the fire. That number has jumped to 721 as of Sunday.
Aerial resources assisted firefighters by strategically dropping retardant and limiting the fire spread.
The Woodbury Fire started June 8. It has been scorching grass and brush in the rugged terrain of the Tonto National Forest in east-central Arizona, about 11 miles northeast of Gold Canyon.
Fire managers said their goal was to “box in the fire” and push it away from nearby communities.
So far, there are currently no threats to the communities of Queen Valley Estates, Gold Canyon, Kings Ranch, Superior, and Apache Junction.
Woodbury Fire Update:There will be a public meeting on the Woodbury Fire Tuesday, June 18th at 6pm at the United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon. The address is 6640 S. King’s Ranch Rd in Gold Canyon.— SFMD (@sfmd_az_gov) June 17, 2019
#WoodburyFire Community Meeting June 16 - Notice: The Incident Management Team will have a Community Meeting on Sunday, June 16 at 2:00 pm at the Roosevelt Baptist Church, located on State Highway 188, Roosevelt, AZ 85545. #AZFire— Tonto NF (@TontoForest) June 15, 2019