SUPERIOR — Extreme heat and dry conditions have contributed to the growth of a human-caused fire burning in northern Pinal County, officials said Wednesday.

The Woodbury Fire, burning in the Superstition Wilderness 5 miles northwest of Superior, has ballooned to over 9,300 acres by Wednesday afternoon and is expected to continue growing. No percentage of containment was reported Wednesday as 200 personnel were fighting the blaze.

The remote location of the blaze in Tonto National Forest has made it difficult to fight, but no structures are threatened, fire officials said.

A top-tier management team has been called in to direct crews trying to suppress the blaze.

According to the Southwest Area Incident Management Team, most activity was on the western and southern edges of the fire toward Forest Road 172. Burnout operations conducted Tuesday night on the west side of Forest Road 172 were successful in keeping the fire from spreading east.

A community meeting was planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road. Incident Management Team personnel were to provide an update on the blaze.

No evacuations are in place on this incident and no communities are threatened. Any warning notices or evacuations will be coordinated through the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office via the Pinal County Emergency Management Office.

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