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'Woodbury Fire' continues to burn in Superstition Mountains

Posted: 4:13 PM, Jun 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-15 22:39:54-04
Woodbury Fire
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Woodbury Fire in Superstition Mountains
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Woodbury Fire

SUPERIOR, AZ — Fire crews are continuing to work on containing a wildfire that has been burning in the Superstition Mountains since June 8.

Tonto National Forest officials said as of Monday afternoon on July 15, the Woodbury Fire has covered 123,827 acres. It is 100 percent contained, but is not fully controlled. Fire officials say there is still smoke and active fire moving within the interior through pockets of unburned vegetation.

Officials say the fire is human-caused.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office released an evacuation alert for Roosevelt and Roosevelt Lake area residents due to the Woodbury Fire on June 20. That evacuation was lifted June 25.

The public is asked to avoid the Woodbury and Roger's Trough trailheads and roads in the area to allow firefighters to work building fire lines safely.

Fire officials said last week the blaze had forced the closure of SR-88 near Tortilla Flat.

Forestry officials said smoke would be visible from US 60 and the communities surrounding the Superstition Wilderness.