Bush Fire burns more than 190,000 acres, containment at 98%

Bush Fire burns more than 190,000 acres, containment at 98%
The Bush Fire is burning in the Tonto National Forest. (Source: AZ Family)

MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ -- The Bush Fire burning in the Tonto National Forest is up to 193,455 acres and is 98 percent contained as of Sunday, June 28.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect over the fire area today and tomorrow bringing high and gusty winds with low relative humidity. These conditions have the potential to increase the amount of smoke and fire activity seen on the interior of the fire within unburned pockets of vegetation that firefighters continue to monitor. Interior burning activity and smoke will be common until the fire area receives widespread moisture from monsoons. Resources will continue to monitor and patrol the fire’s perimeter. Resources assigned to the fire supported at least 4 new fires in central Arizona yesterday and will continue to support be available for initial attack on new fires in the area.

The Central Fire is 87 percent contained. Firefighters continue to patrol and monitor the fire’s perimeter, monitoring areas that have had residual heat on the interior. Resources assigned to the fire continue to support and are available for initial attack on new fires in the area.

The human-caused Bush Fire began June 13 in the Tonto National Forest near the Beeline Highway northeast of Fountain Hills.

American Red Cross Evacuation Centers are located at Payson Police Department 303 N. Beeline Highway in Payson and the Lee Kornegay Intermediate School at 4635 Railroad Avenue in Miami. But the pandemic has meant changes for evacuees. No one is allowed to stay overnight in shelters anymore. Officials will need to pay for lodging for those forced from their homes. The shelter is set up for rest, food and water only. People are screened as they enter, and masks are mandatory.

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State fire agencies created an official Facebook page to help keep people informed with the latest updates on the Bush Fire.

So far, no structures have been damaged or threatened.

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