Polles Fire near Payson grows to more than 500 acres, no evacuations ordered
PHOENIX — The Polles Fire west of Payson grew to 549 acres but had not caused any evacuations as of Sunday morning, according to fire officials.
The blaze is 0% contained and currently 11 miles west of Payson and six miles south of Pine-Strawberry.
It started Friday around 3:15 p.m. from lightning in the area. The fire grew significantly Saturday due to strong winds.
Fire officials said no structures are currently threatened, according to InciWeb.
While Pine-Strawberry is not in immediate danger at the moment, according to fire officials, residents have been advised sign up for the Gila Co. emergency alert system and be prepared to evacuate before an order is issued.
The fire is burning within the remote Mazatzal Wilderness’ rugged terrain that is only accessible by helicopter, authorities said
Fire officials said multiple hotshot crews, air vessels and the Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team were working with Tonto National Forest to manage the blaze.
Additionally, a Type 1 Incident Management Team was been ordered to help contain the Polles Fire on Sunday morning.
Residents will be seeing forest/fire vehicles and bulldozers moving throughout the area as officials assess tactical measures and prepare a southern line to cut around the town for protection.
KTAR News 92.3’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.