The Bush Fire in the Tonto National Forest North East of Mesa Arizona continued its growth over the weekend to over 184,000 acres as of last reports, forcing multiple evacuations throughout the areas surrounding the national park.
As more than 500 ground crew continue to fight the flames around the state, aerial assets that include multiple helicopters and LAT aircraft continue to drop tens of thousands of gallons of water and retardant in an effort to contain the blaze that is listed as 42% contained at the time of publishing.
Hot and windy conditions continue to expand several fires that are still burning including the Bighorn Fire close to Tucson that has caused multiple evacuations and also burned over 51,000 acres and is 16% contained. Multiple other fires in locations around the state are challenging firefighting resources as listed below.
Fires in Arizona over last week.
Magnum fire: 66,294 Acres (23% contained)
Central fire: 3,956 Acres (100% contained)
Octillo fire: 980 Acres (100% contained)
Sawtooth fire: 24,729 Acres (100% contained)
Range fire: 3,296 Acres (100% contained)
Tortolita fire: 3,140 Acres (100% contained)
Blue River 30,400 Acres (85% contained)
Dry Lake fire: 4,266 Acres (93% contained)
Bringham fire: 19,901 Acres (20% contained)
Bighorn fire: 51,628
— Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical (@DaisyMtnFire) June 20, 2020