Arizona Wildfires - Summer 2016

Major AZ Wildfire Information and Updates

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    Every year there are wildfires in Arizona. While many people think of Arizona as being desert, we also have significant forest lands in the state. Those, and the desert brush, are susceptible to being ignited by lightning strikes as well as by humans who sometimes cause the fires.

    This list is not intended to cover every wildfire in Arizona, but I will provide some general information and major updates to those major fires burning and being battled in the state. At the "More Info" link, you can find more detailed updates and firefighting data relative to that wildfire. When the wildfire is mostly contained, or under managed control, I will stop providing updates.

    Wildfires in Arizona most commonly begin in May when it gets hot and dries out the fire fuels. Fires typically continue through monsoon when lightning storms happen often.

    Please be careful during the hot Arizona summers -- obey all campfire restrictions and safely extinguish all cigarettes. Do not throw lit cigarettes...MORE out your car window; that's what ashtrays are for!

    Note: I do not include prescribed burns in this list. Information posted here is for general information purposes only; this is not an official site of any wildfire or state organization.

    Photo credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images News

  • 02 of 16

    Fire name: Baca ​Fire
    Fire started: July 7, 2016
    Fire location: North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park
    How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 350
    Acres burned: 2,933
    Number of structures destroyed: none
    Number of fatalities: 0
    Percent contained: 8%
    Cause: lightning

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    Fire name: Fuller ​Fire
    Fire started: June 29, 2016
    Fire location: south of I-40, east of SR93
    How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 170
    Acres burned: 14,493
    Number of structures destroyed: none
    Number of fatalities: 0
    Percent contained: unknown
    Cause: lightning

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    Fire name: Scott Fire
    Fire started: June 28, 2016
    Fire location: 11 miles east of Tusayan
    How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 225
    Acres burned: 2,660
    Number of structures destroyed: none
    Number of fatalities: 0
    Percent contained: 100%
    Cause: lightning

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  • 05 of 16

    Fire name: Bug Creek Fire
    Fire started: June 28, 2016
    Fire location: Near I-17 mile marker 262, Cordes Lakes
    How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 66
    Acres burned: 1,080
    Number of structures destroyed: none, but there have been some mandatory evacuations and one lane of the highway has been closed
    Number of fatalities: 0
    Percent contained: 50%
    Cause: Under investigation

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    Fire name: Brown Fire
    Fire started: June 17, 2016
    Fire location: 18 miles north of Sasabe
    How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 150
    Acres burned: 15,411
    Number of structures destroyed: one uninhabited structure and one outbuilding were destroyed
    Number of fatalities: 0
    Percent contained: 80%
    Cause: human

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    Quemado Fire

    Fire name: Quemado Fire
    Fire started: June 16, 2016
    Fire location: Highway 60 between Vernon and Eagar
    How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 200
    Acres burned: 2,285
    Number of structures destroyed: 0
    Number of fatalities: 0
    Percent contained: 60%
    Cause: lightning

  • 08 of 16

    Fire name: Wildcat Fire
    Fire started: June 13, 2016
    Fire location: Saddle Mountain Wilderness
    How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 300
    Acres burned: 1,502
    Number of structures destroyed: 0
    Number of fatalities: 0
    Percent contained: 70%
    Cause: lightning

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  • 09 of 16

    Fire name: Cedar Fire
    Fire started: June 15, 2016
    Fire location: south of Pinetop/Show Low
    How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 170
    Acres burned: 45,977
    Number of structures destroyed: pre-evauation notices have been issued for various nearby communities
    Number of fatalities: 0
    Percent contained: 100%
    Cause: unknown

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    Fire name: Tenderfoot Fire
    Fire started: June 8, 2016
    Fire location: East side of Yarnell. The 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire was on the west side.
    How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 90
    Acres burned: 4,087
    Number of structures destroyed: 3 buildings damaged, but no homes. A mandatory evacuation of up to 300 residents is in effect.
    Number of fatalities: 0
    Percent contained: 95%
    Cause: human

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    Fire name: Mule Ridge Fire
    Fire started: May 31, 2016
    Fire location: 1.5 miles southwest of Ruby, Arizona.
    How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 185, about 70 miles from Tucson
    Acres burned: 8,522
    Number of structures destroyed: 0
    Number of fatalities: 0
    Percent contained: 85%
    Cause: human

  • 12 of 16

    Fire name: Bert Wildfire
    Fire started: May 28, 2016
    Fire location: 10 miles SE of Valle, AZ
    How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 200
    Acres burned: 5,983
    Number of structures destroyed: 0
    Number of fatalities: 0
    Percent contained: 75%
    Cause: lightning

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  • 13 of 16

    Fire name: Jack Fire
    Fire started: May 21, 2016
    Fire location: east side of Lake Mary Road near Happy Jack
    How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 120
    Acres burned: 33,850
    Number of structures destroyed: 0
    Number of fatalities: 0
    Percent contained: 30% - this wildfire will be managed where needed and allowed to function as nature intended. 
    Cause: lightning

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    Fire name: Pivot Rock Fire
    Fire started: May 18, 2016
    Fire location: 8 miles northeast of the towns of Pine and Strawberry
    How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 105
    Acres burned: 5,964
    Number of structures destroyed: 0
    Number of fatalities: 0
    Percent contained: being managed for resource benefits and clearing hazardous forest fuels
    Cause: lightning

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    Fire name: Juniper Fire
    Fire started: May 17, 2016
    Fire location: 10 miles south of Young, AZ
    How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 140
    Acres burned: 30,631
    Number of structures destroyed: 0
    Number of fatalities: 0
    Percent contained: 100%
    Cause: lightning

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    Fire name: Mormon Fire
    Fire started: May 15, 2016
    Fire location: 6 miles east of Munds Park near Mormon Mountain
    How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 125
    Acres burned: 7,892
    Number of structures destroyed: 0
    Number of fatalities: 0
    Percent contained: 25%, being managed for resource benefits and clearing hazardous forest fuels. The proposed management area is 11,664 acres.
    Cause: lightning