Woodbury Fire growth slowed on Sunday, containment at 25%

Jun 23, 2019, 6:49 PM | Updated: 6:50 pm

(Twitter Photo/@MosesDrizzt)...

(Twitter Photo/@MosesDrizzt)

(Twitter Photo/@MosesDrizzt)

PHOENIX – The growth of the Woodbury Fire burning east of Phoenix was slowed on Sunday, remaining at about 96,000 acres according to a 6 p.m. update.

The Superstition Mountains fire moved to 25% contained and about 7 miles from Roosevelt Lake thanks to the fire moving into a different vegetation type on the eastern most perimeter.

It was a change from the rest of the weekend, when the fire grew drastically.

It had swept across 65,930 acres on Friday, Jerry Perry, of the Type I Incident Management Team, told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

By Saturday, the fire had grown another 14,000 acres and became the seventh-largest fire in Arizona history.

The fire was very active for a third consecutive night and blazed another 14,000 acres by Sunday.

“High winds, low humidity and high temperatures combined to really push this fire,” Perry said.

Personnel fighting the fire dropped from more than 1,110 to 905 at the end of the weekend, mostly focused on directing the fire toward favorable terrain and away from Rock Spring Barn Corral.

“We had people working overnight,” Perry said, “both to build on the improvements the daytime crews had done and also to act as a quick-reaction force should they be needed.”

The human-caused fire was first spotted June 8.

The Gila County Office of Emergency Management told residents around the lake to leave, pushing about 200 from their homes.

Authorities recommended evacuees spray paint their phone numbers on the livestock left behind to make them easier to find later.

Campgrounds east of Roosevelt Dam were closed Thursday morning.

State Route 188, which runs along the west side of Roosevelt Lake, has been closed from SR 88 at milepost 244 down to SR 288.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.


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Woodbury Fire growth slowed on Sunday, containment at 25%