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Bush Fire is now the largest active burning fire in the country, data shows

Bush Fire - June 16, 2020
Posted at 10:09 AM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 14:45:20-04

PHOENIX — The Bush Fire burning northeast of the Valley is now the largest fire actively burning in the country, according to officials.

FAST FACTS: Bush Fire burning northeast of Valley

Geographic data from National Interagency Fire Center shows, as of June 17, the Bush Fire has burned more than 89,000 acres.

The Bush Fire started burning on Saturday, June 13, quickly growing in acreage.

The second-largest fire in the country is the Ingakslugwat Hills Fire in Alaska, which is at about 63,000 acres.

Of the 10 largest fires in the United States, four of them are in Arizona. There are 12 total active wildfires burning in Arizona right now.

Below is a list of the top 10 largest active wildfires in the United States, according to official geographic data.

Wildfire:Acres Burned:Date Current:
Bush89125.41876/17/20 15:02
Ingakslugwat Hills63329.4136/16/20 15:06
Mangum47584.39466/17/20 12:13
Blue River30419.80826/17/20 17:12
Kochilagok Hill29322.06726/16/20 15:12
Sawtooth24733.51546/6/20 0:13
Bighorn17506.30286/17/20 9:56
Bringham15400.80326/17/20 13:09
Isom Creek12035.09636/16/20 1:46
Manokinak River11897.33836/11/20 18:38

Note: two wildfires, the Basin Fire and the Vilas Fire, were excluded from this list as their acreage counts were each more than a month out of date.


SIZE: 193,455 acres


LOCATION: Near the intersection of Bush Hwy and Hwy 87

EVACUATIONS: Tonto Basin/Punkin Center, Sunflower, Apache Lake and all residents and businesses on Highway 188 from Punkin Center to the 188 - Highway 87 Junction, to include Jakes Corner, Pioneer Pass, Brownsville, and Slate Creek evacuated

START DATE: June 13, 2020

CAUSE: Human-caused, vehicle fire