TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - An area closure is still in effect to protect the public along with firefighters as they continue to patrol, monitor and mop up hotspots along the perimeter of the Sears Fire. The fire remains at 14,476 acres and is now 60 percent contained.
Fire crews have been monitoring areas around critical infrastructure on Humboldt Lookout and are closely monitoring structures in the Camp Creek recreation residences.
Road grading operations along Horseshoe Road to repair impacts from firefighting response vehicles was completed this afternoon. Road grading operations will begin on Seven Springs Road tomorrow. There are approximately 100 response personnel assigned to the incident consisting of engines, hand crews, water tenders and helicopters. Air tankers are available based on priority.
The Sears Fire Closure Order has been modified to allow access to Bartlett Dam Road. Bartlett Lake and marina has reopened. Please slow down and watch out for firefighters and equipment that are working in the area.
Seven Springs Road and Horseshoe Lake Road remain closed. The closure also limits access to Maricopa Trail segments from Spur Cross to Granite Mountain on the Bronco Trail.
The closure order shall remain in effect until further notice and the signed closure order. Any changes or lifting of the closure order will be posted on the Tonto National Forest official Facebook page.