RVFD Wildland Team deployed to Bush Fire
The Rio Verde Fire District's Wildland Team has been called to the Bush Fire. Firefighters Johnson, Kepler, and Donaldson are responding in Brush 441 (pictured above). Additional information on the Bush Fire can be found on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
The Bush Fire is 37,900 acres with 0% containment.
Due to the fire’s growth and movement, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office is evacuating the communities of Punkin Center and Tonto Basin.
Danger in these areas is imminent and life threatening. Residents should evacuate immediately to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. Residents should avoid close contact with those who are sick and should practice public health recommendations when relocating. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand emergency services may not be able to assist you further. Follow instructions from emergency personnel, stay on designated evacuation routes and avoid closed areas
Jake's Corner and Sunflower have been placed on 'SET' mode on the Ready, Set, Go model. SET is a pre-evacuation status and residents need to know there is significant danger in the area. Get ready by packing a ‘go bag’ which includes items like, prescriptions, important documents, money, clothing, food, and other essential items.
The fire started on 6/13/20 at 2:00 pm near the intersection of Bush Hwy and Hwy 87. The fire is human-caused and remains under investigation.
State Highway 87 is closed from near Payson to the Bush Highway. Highway 188 is closed from Highway 88 to Highway 87. The best place to get road information is at . The Sugarloaf, Four Peaks, Lower Sycamore, Pobrecito, Butcher Jones, the Rolls, Saguaro Del Norte Recreation Areas and Suguaro Lake are all closed at this time.
The Bush Fire started at approximately 2:00 pm today, near the intersection of Bush Hwy and Hwy 87. The fire is estimated to be 600 acres, and burning to the north towards the Sugarloaf Recreation area along the southbound lanes of Hwy 87. The fire has crossed Hwy 87 to the east and is now burning along Four Peaks Road. There is no containment at this time.
Currently there are 9 engines, 2 hotshot crews and 4 airtankers assigned to the fire. Three additional crews and multiple engines have been ordered, and are responding to the fire. Firefighters are working to hold the fire on the west side of Hwy 87, and are building containment lines and using firing operations to suppress the fire.
Hwy 87 is currently closed in both directions at the FS RD 143, which is the road to Four Peaks and Sugarloaf. At this time, Lower Sycamore Canyon, Sugarloaf Recreation area and Four Peaks Recreation area are closed. The Bush Fire is currently under investigation. Law enforcement personnel are conducting sweeps of the closure areas to safely escort members of public out of the fire area. No structures are threatened at this time and no injuries have been reported.
Fire crews will continue working throughout the night to complete containment lines around the fire perimeter. Smoke and flames will be visible this evening. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Tonto National Forest. Fire danger ratings are extreme.