APACHE JUNCTION — A lightning-caused wildfire burning in the Superstition Mountains, which at one time threatened a Pinal County community, is now 81% contained, fire officials said Monday.
The Sawtooth Fire has burned more than 24,500 acres but is no longer growing, officials said.
A new fire, though, was reported by Tonto National Forest officials near Canyon Lake north of Apache Junction.
The Lake Fire started Saturday night in the Captain Nemo's Cove area of Canyon Lake. The fire is approximately 6 acres, but the forward rate of spread has been stopped, officials said Monday.
The fire is human-caused and remains under investigation. No structures were threatened, and no evacuations are in effect. There are no closures associated with this incident and Canyon Lake recreation opportunities have not been impacted.
Some light smoke may be visible throughout the day as firefighters work through heavy mop-up to extinguish hot spots and build containment lines. Portable pumps will be used to draft lake water to suppress the fire.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Department utilized two boats to transport fire crews and equipment to the fire.