Woodbury Fire rockets past 100,000 acres, containment doubles

Jun 24, 2019, 7:32 AM | Updated: 7:59 pm

(Twitter Photo/@phxbetty)...

(Twitter Photo/@phxbetty)

(Twitter Photo/@phxbetty)

PHOENIX — The Woodbury Fire burning east of Phoenix jumped past 100,000 acres Monday but saw containment double, authorities said.

The blaze in the Superstition Mountains had reached 112,899 acres and jumped to 48% contained. An earlier Monday update showed the fire 25% contained.

Sunday evening, the fire had been estimated at 96,000 acres. That was less growth than earlier in the weekend.

The fire, the sixth-largest in state history, is still a few miles from homes along Roosevelt Lake.

“There’s no growth in that area … the fire is burning in interior pockets,” spokeswoman Pamela Mathis told KTAR News 92.3 FM, ” and what growth we did have was a combination of our crews’ burning operations around the perimeter.”

Much of the work was along State Route 188, she said.

The burning operations were a “catcher’s mitt, if you will,” Mathis said, “to catch the fire as the winds shift (toward Highway 188).”

Crews did additional preventive burning on the roadway late Sunday into Monday morning.

About 900 personnel were at the site, InciWeb reported.

Campgrounds east of Roosevelt Dam were closed late last week.

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.

The human-caused fire began burning about 5 miles northwest of Superior on June 8.

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

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Follow @KTAR923...

2 arrested in southern Arizona after drug, firearms discovered at multiple properties

Two people were arrested last week after the discovery of a cache of firearms and drugs on their Arizona properties, authorities said.

38 minutes ago

Arizona election worker threatened by California man, officials say...

California man arrested for sending threatening voicemails to Arizona elections official

A California man allegedly sent threatening voicemails to an Arizona election worker in November 2022, the Justice Department said.

3 hours ago

14th annual Dog Days of Glendale event 2024...

Serena O'Sullivan

Annual Dog Days of Glendale festival returns this weekend

The 14th annual Dog Days of Glendale event will take place at Glendale Landmark School on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

3 hours ago

How the Business Connect program will help Lauren Allen catering...

Serena O'Sullivan

Phoenix catering company to benefit from NFL’s Business Connect program ahead of Final Four

Lauren Allen, a catering and event company, will benefit from the NFL's Business Connect program, which returned in January.

3 hours ago

Tables with balloons and displays are set up Arizona State Fairgrounds Exhibit Building before the ...

Kevin Stone

Attention shoppers: Junior League of Phoenix Rummage Sale returns to Arizona State Fairgrounds

The Junior League of Phoenix’s Annual Rummage Sale -- aka "Arizona's largest indoor garage sale" -- returns to the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix on Saturday.

3 hours ago

Roberto Jay Vasquez, 63, went missing on Wednesday, DPS said...

Serena O'Sullivan

Silver Alert issued for missing 63-year-old man last seen walking in Phoenix

The Arizona Department of Public Safety issued a Silver Alert on Thursday evening for Roberto Jay Vasquez, 63, who was last seen Wednesday.

11 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.


Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Valley residents should be mindful of plumbing ahead of holidays

With Halloween in the rear-view and more holidays coming up, Day & Night recommends that Valley residents prepare accordingly.


Canvas Annuity

Interest rates may have peaked. Should you buy a CD, high-yield savings account, or a fixed annuity?

Interest rates are the highest they’ve been in decades, and it looks like the Fed has paused hikes. This may be the best time to lock in rates for long-term, low-risk financial products like fixed annuities.

Woodbury Fire rockets past 100,000 acres, containment doubles