Woodbury Fire

Command of fighting the Woodbury Fire that has been burning a large area near Superior and Apache Junction has been turned back over to forest officials now that it has been largely contained.

APACHE JUNCTION (AP) — An incident management team that has been overseeing firefighters working a large wildfire east of metro Phoenix has transferred command back to Tonto National Forest officials.

The Woodbury Fire was 90 percent contained as of Friday. It had burned 194 square miles of mostly wilderness in the Superstition Mountains east of Apache Junction, in Pinal and Gila counties.

Crews continue to patrol the containment line as a special burned-area assessment team provided material for forest officials to use in planning work to protect various resources.

An investigation into the fire’s start in early June in rugged terrain 5 miles northwest of Superior continues but officials said it was human-caused.

Approximately 95 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire, down from a peak of approximately 1,000.

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