Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fire erupts along Old Apache Trail south of Globe


Fish fire on Tonto National Forest
Apache Trail, Ariz. , July 2, 2011, 2045 hrs.

Fire Facts

Summary:  Firefighters have stopped the growth of the fire and are working to secure the lines.  An estimation of containment will be made this evening.

 Closures:  None.  Hwy 88 is now open.


Date started: 1400 hrs, July 2, 2011 (reported by Rural Metro) 
Location: Old Apache Trail, Ariz. – Hwy. 88, milepost 220 
Cause: Lightning 
Size: 100+ acres 
Containment: 0% 
Percent contained: 0 
Estimated containment date: none 
Fuel: Desert Brush 
Terrain: Steep 
Number of personnel: 70
1 Hotshot crew (Payson Hotshots) 
Incident Commander: Brandon Hughes
2 Type 2 crews 
Resources committed: 4 engines
Aircraft: 1 SEAT, 1 heavy airtanker 
Injuries to date: 0 
Properties threatened: None 

Summary: 1 SEAT and 1 heavy airtanker were able to drop retardant despite previous poor weather conditions. 

Location overview: The Apache Trail, or AZ 88 as it is officially known, links Apache Junction at the edge of the Greater Phoenix area with Globe via Theodore Roosevelt Lake, through the Superstition Mountains and the Tonto National Forest; 40 miles of steep, winding and mostly unpaved road past magnificent scenery of twisted igneous mountains with dense forests of saguaro and ferocactus, and several deep blue lakes. Past the lakes, the trail continues in more traditional fashion to the former copper mining town of Globe, but it is the western half which is the most scenic and well-known. 

Closures/Advisories: Road Closures: Hwy. 88, Mileposts 213 – 225 (

For more information regarding forest recreation sites and fire restrictions, please contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at

For general information on fire activity and restrictions in Arizona call toll free 877-864-6985, or visit the. Southwest Coordination Center website: or 

Fire Restriction Information: Toll free 1 (877) 864-6985

To report a wildfire, call 1-866-746-6516 or dial 911.

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