UPDATE: Punkin Fire burning in Tonto Basin grows to 305 acres

UPDATE: Punkin Fire burning in Tonto Basin grows to 305 acres
The Punkin Fire sparked Monday, March, 8, 2021, in the Tonto Basin area, prompting road closures and evacuations. (Source: Arizona State Forestry via Twitter)

TONTO BASIN, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Crews now have the 305-acre Punkin Fire 40 percent contained and all evacuation orders in the Tonto Basin area have been lifted.

The Punkin Fire sparked Monday, March 8, 2021, northwest of Roosevelt Lake, according to a tweet from the Arizona State Forestry, and forward progress has been stopped. Officials stated in a tweet the fire was caused by an escaped pile burn on private land.

The Arizona Department of Transportation closed State Route 188 in both directions Monday, west of Punkin Center between east Slate Creek Trail (265) to east Slate Creek Trail (263) because of the blaze, according to a tweet from the department.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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