ARIZONA NEWS

Woodbury Fire passes Willow to become state’s 5th largest fire

Jun 25, 2019, 9:30 PM | Updated: Jun 26, 2019, 5:45 am
(Photo Credit: James Stamsek)...
(Photo Credit: James Stamsek)
(Photo Credit: James Stamsek)

PHOENIX — The Woodbury Fire burning east of Phoenix grew to more than 120,000 acres Tuesday evening, becoming the fifth-largest fire in Arizona history.

The fire reached 123,263 acres by early Wednesday, surpassing the 119,500-acre Willow Fire from 2004.

Despite the scope of the fire, Tuesday was a positive day for firefighters.

Containment reached 48% Monday and remained there.

“That is looking really good,” Pamela Mathis, spokeswoman for the fire management team, told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

“The southwestern part of the fire is done, the southeastern part … is looking cold,” she said.

Transmission lines that help power Phoenix, mining operations, homes and ranches were much safer now, Mathis said.

Firefighters have managed to keep the burning from jumping across State Route 188. About 930 personnel remained on the job.

Evacuees who were displaced by the Woodbury Fire received good news late Tuesday morning: They can go home.

Gila County Sheriff J. Adam Shephard made the announcement at 11 a.m.

An email from the sheriff’s department said there were still active areas within the fire perimeter and smoke would be noticeable for weeks.

Woodbury will have to almost double in size to reach the No. 4 spot in the state. The Horseshoe Two Fire from 2011 burned more than 220,000 acres.

The largest wildfire in Arizona history was the 2011 Wallow Fire, which wiped out more than 500,000 acres.

We want to hear from you.

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

(Joe Barreras Photo) (Joe Barreras Photo) (Joe Barreras Photo) (Joe Barreras Photo) (Joe Barreras Photo) (Joe Barreras Photo) (Facebook Photo/Pinetop Fire District) (Twitter Photo/@docbillygoat) (Twitter Photo/@ClaytonCorey) (Twitter Photo/@docbillygoat) (Twitter Photo/@phxbetty) (Twitter Photo/@phxbetty) (Twitter Photo/@SirlinJohn) The Woodbury Fire as seen from along State Route 188 about 7 miles east of Roosevelt on June 20, 2019. (Twitter Photo/@ArizonaDOT) (Twitter Photo/@AZFireAuthority) The Woodbury Fire from the Roosevelt Dam on June 20, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Duby via Twitter/@ArizonaDOT) The Woodbury Fire as seen from milepost 245 on State Route 188 on June 20, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Duby via Twitter/@ArizonaDOT) The Woodbury Fire as seen from milepost 245 on State Route 188 on June 20, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Duby via Twitter/@ArizonaDOT) (Twitter Photo/@TontoForest) (Twitter Photo/@TontoForest) (Twitter Photo/@ArizonaDOT) (Instagram Photo/@una_photobomber) (Twitter Photo/@azstateforestry) (Instagram Photo/@candice.hesson) (Facebook Photo/Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical) (Instagram Photo/@gyroscopic_life) (InciWeb Photo) (InciWeb Photo) (Facebook Photo/Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical) (Facebook Photo/Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical) (Inciweb Photos) (Twitter Photo/@bencarmitchel) (Twitter Photo/@ArizonaDOT) (KTAR News Photo/Tyler Drake) (Twitter Photo/@ArizonaDOT) (Twitter Photo/@MissStef79) (Instagram Photo/@aimeehikes) (Twitter Photo/@TontoForest) June 12 community meeting (Twitter Photo/@PinalCountyOEM) June 12 community meeting (Twitter Photo/@TontoForest) (Facebook Photo/Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical) (KTAR News Photo/Tyler Drake) (KTAR News Photo/Tyler Drake) (KTAR News Photo/Tyler Drake) (InciWeb Photo) (InciWeb Photo) (Twitter Photo/@kelli_marie78) (InciWeb Photo) (Twitter Photo/@TontoForest) (Twitter photo/@geraldferguson)

Arizona News

Nickelback (Richard Beland Photo)...
KTAR.com

Nickelback’s Get Rollin’ Tour to stop at Footprint Center in Phoenix in July

Nickelback's 2023 Get Rollin' Tour will make a stop at Footprint Center in Phoenix on July 12.
16 hours ago
(Maricopa County Colleges Photo)...
Danny Shapiro

Former Valley professor to serve on advisory group for National Space Council

Former Valley professor Sian Proctor will advise the Biden administration on maintenance and responsibility for its space present and future.
16 hours ago
(Greg Nash/Pool via AP)...
Taylor Kinnerup

Arizona’s News Roundup: Gallego announces Senate run, prison reform ramps up

Arizona's News Roundup this week catches you up on Ruben Gallego's announced Senate run, prison reform initiatives and more.
16 hours ago
Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes participates in a Martin Luther King Day celebration on Jan. 16...
Kevin Stone

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes: No more ‘political lawsuits’

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes has withdrawn a student debt lawsuit filed by her Republican predecessor as she changes the direction of the state’s top legal office.
16 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Street Eats Food Truck Festival)...
KTAR.com

Work up an appetite this weekend at Street Eats Food Truck Festival in Scottsdale

Arizona's largest food truck party returns to the Valley this weekend for two days of sampling, feasting and more.
16 hours ago
(File Photos)...
KTAR.com

Sprouts, Fry’s to open new grocery stores in West Valley in February

West Valley residents are getting two new options for grocery shopping next month, with Sprouts and Fry’s set to expand in Surprise.
16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Company looking for oldest air conditioner and wants to reward homeowner with new one

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.
(Pexels Photo)...

Sports gambling can be fun for adults, but it’s a dangerous game for children

While adults may find that sports gambling is a way to enhance the experience with more than just fandom on the line, it can be a dangerous proposition if children get involved in the activity.
...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
Woodbury Fire passes Willow to become state’s 5th largest fire